six every man was in line ready to march.
The next night we spent at Alexandria
The officer of the day put on a strong guard, and half the men got out in some way and made things lively.
and I were complimented by the colonel for faithful performance of duty when we should have been court-martialed.
In a few days we arrived at our old camp and began anew our army life.
The first night it snowed quite hard, and we who had been sleeping in nice, warm beds enjoyed the damp, cold ground, with snow for our covering.
Active drilling began, reviews were frequent, and it was apparent we were soon to enter on an active campaign.
took command of the army, and we all felt that at last the boss
Unlike most of his predecessors, he came with no flourish of trumpets, but in a quiet, business-like way. After a grand review by him we were ordered to division headquarters with the 20th Massachusetts for an exhibition drill.
The 19th drilled in the manual of arms, the 20th in battalion movements.
Both regiments were highly complimented for their excellent work.
The discipline of the army at this time was very strict.
So many substitutes were being received that the death penalty for desertions was often executed.
We were called out to witness the first and, so far as I know, the only execution by hanging.
Thomas R. Dawson
had been a member of Company A, 19th, but was transferred to the 20th Massachusetts when our men re-enlisted.
He had been a soldier in the English
army, and wore medals for bravery.
One night while on picket he left his post, and, being under the influence of liquor, went outside the lines and committed an