and it was granted.
was absent ten days, and then returned, having purchased two pairs of stockings, a linen duster and a brush broom, but he had enjoyed his vacation, and had two cents left of his two months pay.
June 16, marching orders came; we waited until all had moved, then with two pieces of the 1st Rhode Island artillery took our place in the rear.
Two companies were ordered to march half a mile in the rear of the column, and Major Rice
was placed in command of this detachment.
We marched over ground which we had travelled before.
The roads were very dusty and the sun scorching.
At times the woods on each side were on fire, and our men suffered badly.
June 20 we arrived at Thoroughfare Gap, where we remained three days, to repel an advance through the gap. On the 26th we reached Edward's Ferry, crossed the Potomac
, and at noon halted at old Camp Benton, where we had camped in 1861.
What changes had taken place since we were there before!
Then we were light-hearted, happy boys, expecting to be at home in a year at least.
Now those who remained were bronzed and war-worn veterans marching back to meet the enemy on northern soil.
Our old camp was a fine wheat field and nearly all traces of our former occupancy were removed.
We passed through Frederick City to Uniontown, Md.
, where we arrived the 30th, and were ordered on provost duty.
We expected to remain here for some time, and on the morning of July 1 Captain Palmer
and myself were ordered to dress in our best and make the acquaintance of the families in town, so we could understand where the officers would be the most welcome.
We had just started on this pleasant duty when the assembly sounded.
We returned and found we must march