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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Letters and Journals of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Chapter army life and camp drill (search)
I have authority to elect company officers to-morrow; and we shall go into camp when the barracks are ready — perhaps by the end of next week. I had a glimpse of the Corcoran procession and of him, a quiet-looking man. They say Fremont's reception was magnificent and his speech reads very admirably, though he is said to be no orator. Two bouquets were carried from the platform to Jessie who sat in an adjoining gallery; this showed her to the audience and produced great enthusiasm. September 7 I have my commission and we go into barracks when they are ready-say Wednesday or Thursday. I drill my company every afternoon two hours outdoors and enjoy it much. They learn fast and their marching is much praised. I don't think I ever did anything better than I have done all this, so far. The lieutenants of the company are those I planned to have from the beginning; both of them have been much with me in the gymnasium and they are excellent fellows. John Goodell (first lieutena