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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1841. (search)
was morally impossible; but we got here by five o'clock, with a mile of regimental wagons and ambulances bringing up the rear of our long line of men. The regiment really made a fine appearance going through Washington, and did honor to old Essex. We have been half drowned with rain ever since leaving home; and this last experience of last night makes the climax of everything disgusting you can conceive of, to those brought up as white men and Christians. The mud is so loathsome and universal, that the men are down at last, and look sober to-day. These Essex men are splendid fellows for soldiers,— tough, cheerful, and persevering. They have seen nothing but the roughest side of soldiers' life ever since coming South, and yet the regiment is in a state of perfect subordination and good feeling. In striking our camp yesterday, all our tents but one fell at the tap of the drum,— pretty well for raw troops. I have to detail a strong guard every day to protect the mansion