One afternoon at three o'clock the order was given to “fall in.”
It was an uncommon call at this hour, and “exchange” thoughts came to all. Soon the adjutant introduced us to a new commander, a Dutchman who had just come from the north, having been captured at Gettysburg
Said he: “Ghentlemens, I comes to take command of you. I have been in Fort Delaware
fifteen months. You peoples teach me how to behave myself.
I does for you all I can. You treats me like ghentleman, I treats you like ghentlemen.
This place not fit for hogs.
I sends in one hundred load of straw, right away, quick.
Break ranks, march!”
He went through our quarters and swore worse than we could at our treatment.
He then went to the hospital, had a row with the surgeon because he had done nothing to make us comfortable, and kicked up a row generally in our behalf.
We felt that “the morning light was breaking” for us, and that we should now be made comfortable.
The major came in the next day with more suggestions, but in a day or two we saw him no more.
He was not the man the rebels wanted, as they were not anxious for our comfort, and his official head was removed as soon as he made requisition for the straw.
On the 20th, two hundred of us left to be exchanged.
We had quite a pleasant ride to Salisbury
Here I saw some of my men, the first I had seen since we left them at Macon
, in July.
I remember two, my first sergeant, James Smith
, and Private Jerry Kelly
I dare not undertake to describe their condition; they were nearly starved to death and could only walk by the aid of sticks.
They told me of the other boys captured,--that Lubin, a young recruit, had died three days after entering Andersonville
; that Sergt. Geo. E. Morse
and Levi Wooffindale
of Company G, and many