and 19th regiments doing guard duty together.
When I posted my relief I had one more man than posts, so I made a new post.
The officer of the day asked me what I did with the supernumerary.
I said that I put him on in rear of the ice-house.
He desired to know who gave me authority to create new posts, and I replied that I supposed I was to use up my men. As soon as the guards were posted they began to call “Corporal
of the guard.”
When I went to them they wanted a drink of water.
I asked the officer of the day if it was my duty to carry water to them.
He said it was. So I toted the water pail the two hours my relief was on. At night the men went to their quarters.
I found where they slept, and made arrangements to call them.
I would put my head into a tent and call, “Third relief!”
and instead of the men coming out, a boot with an oath came at me. As I could not get enough for a relief I turned out the drummer and had him beat the long roll.
This brought out the officer of the day but very few of the men, as they did not know what it meant any more than I did. Collecting what I could we started to relieve the guard, but I soon found that I had more than men enough, as at nearly every post we found the musket stuck into the ground and the man missing.
When relieved in the morning I was disgusted with being an officer, and longed for the freedom of a private.
Recruits were fast arriving.
Company A went into camp with about sixty men, and every day some new man was voted in, as we had not given up the old militia method of electing our members.
Skeleton companies were arriving, consisting of an officer and a few men, who were given a letter and assigned a place in line.
Among the first to arrive was Captain Mahoney
His company was given the