Eighth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
Company A, Inc.
Mark Twain Days 1997 Event Report
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August 16-17, 1997
August 16-17, 1862
I am once agin pleased that I have the time to pen a few words to you.
I suppose you feel anscious to know I am safe and well. We arrived in
our great capitol city in the forenoon of the 16th to give demonstration
to the townsfolk, Gov Buckingham and All Men Of Union as the great
banner read. Our ranks are now very thin, and we are hopeful and
escpectant of some new boys to join our 8th Regt.
After a good warm meal, our Captain gave a rousing speech about union to
all the onlookers to which we responded with a loud huzzah. We fell in
with some boys from other companies and with a very detestable 1st Sgt.
whom knew neither the duties of a 1st Sgt nor respect for officers and
it makes me ponder on how promotions are handed out to such fellows.
We spent the day drilling and firing our guns for the gathered throngs
that we might inspire some to join. Many were in awe at our smart lines
as we marched forward, to the left, right, into line and back. After we
marched some 50 rods we wheeled into line, and charged up a hill much to
the escitment of all. Then brother, then I was proud. There we planted
our dear old flag atop the hill to the cheers of all. We retired to the
cover of the trees and our tents and settled down for our evening meal
and listened to a Major who spoke to the boys about the great adventures
in the Army and many boys came up after to pen their names on the muster
rolls. After a peaseful night we awoke early and marched out heading for
the cars which will take us on our return trip to New York and on to
Baltimore, and a steamer so once agin as to return to the army and
picket duty in Fredricksburg.
I am hopful that with a few more such galant charges onto Richmond as we
had demonstrated in Hartford, that the Rebels will throw down their guns
and run and this God awful war will soon be over as we all pray. I hope
that on my nesct furlow home the family will be able to visit together.
The cars are here so I must close. Please write, I may get the letter.
Give my love to all
Eighth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Co.A, Inc.