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ad broken in — the major, the surgeon, the captains and lieutenants, and the entire staff; I recall the faces.
The hard drill was the real beginning of our repute.
Washington came at sunset in carriages to witness our evening parade.
I had these men in but one battle, but they had a great history, especially after Colonel Moses Lakeman, one of my captains, succeeded Staples as colonel.
Being called the Fighting Colonel, he developed the energies of his regiment till it took high rank in Sickles's corps.
It gave any flank strength to find the Third Maine there.
Its presence made a rear guard confident, but its own chief pride in campaign or battle was to be in the lead.
The officers very soon looked back to that exacting first colonel who insisted on close discipline and much drill, and forgave his severity.
But at first there was considerable chafing; my brother, still a private in the regiment, on June 29th wrote to a friend: We had a good deal of excitement the night of tak