home — before their term of enlistment had expired.
Part of this extraordinary loss was due to the severity of the campaigns.
The extent of territory marched over was immense; some of the campaigns were made under a tropical sun, and some of the battles were fought amid the snows of winter.
The Ninth Corps fought on the Carolina Coast, and then moved a thousand miles westward to the fever-smitten camps at Vicksburg.
The Twelfth Corps, after fighting for two years in Virginia, moved to Tennessee, from whence it fought its way through Georgia to Atlanta; marched from Atlanta to the Sea, and thence northward to its old battle grounds, having encircled half a continent.
Men from the woods of Maine encamped two thousand miles distant along the bayous of Louisiana.
Men from the prairies of the Northwest toiled and battled among the everglades of Florida, and along the Gulf.
Human endurance was often tested to its utmost, and the restless, moving armies left in their wake a line of c