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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1. 1 1 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 1 1 Browse Search
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Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buell, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: The Opening Battles. Volume 1., War preparations in the North. (search)
f as well as for company officers, and Hardee's Tactics was in the hands of everybody who could procure a copy. One of the proofs of the unprecedented scale of our war preparation is found in the fact that the supply of the authorized Tactics was soon exhausted, making it difficult to get the means of instruction in the company schools. The arriving regiments sometimes had their first taste of camp life under circumstances well calculated to dampen their ardor. The 4th Ohio, under Colonel Lorin Andrews, president of Kenyon College, came just before a thunderstorm one evening, and the bivouac that night was as rough a one as his men were likely to experience for many a day. They made shelter by placing boards from the fence-tops to the ground, but the fields were level and soon became a mire under the pouring rain, so that they were a queer-looking lot when they crawled out in the morning. The sun was then shining bright, however, and they had better cover for their heads by the ne
d Regiment Potomac Home Brigade; Cincinnati Gazette account. camp Keys, Oct. 28, 1861, Suburbs of Romney, Va. Our camp is called after the gallant commander of the Ringgold Cavalry, Captain Keys. On last Thursday our regiment, the Fourth Ohio, received orders from Gen. Kelley to pack up and move from Fort Pendleton to New Creek, and there join him with other forces in a march upon Romney. We left camp on Friday morning, under command of Col. John S. Mason, appointed, vice Col. Lorin Andrews, deceased, and arrived at New Creek in the evening, marching the distance of twenty-six miles in twelve hours. Lieut.-Col. Cantwell was with us, although he had bid us farewell the day before, expecting to return to Ohio to raise another regiment, as Colonel, by authority of the Governor. We joined Gen. Kelley's column on Saturday morning, and made a rapid march toward Romney, distant nineteen miles, in order to engage the enemy, who was supposed to be four thousand strong, at three