The officers cried “Halt!
Halt! Fall in!”
but you might as well have undertaken to stop a Dakota blizzard, and not till the men had been to the spring and investigated was order restored.
The next day a square was formed and a short but impressive address was delivered by Colonel Hincks
which had the desired effect.
On Sundays at this camp we were marched out by companies, seated in the shade and the Articles
of War were read to us by our officers.
As I remember them whatever you did you were to be shot, “or such other punishment as may be inflicted by courts-martial.”
At Meridian Hill
we had our first Sunday morning inspection; the order was for all
men to be in line.
This included cooks, teamsters, clerks and all other detailed men. To the regular members of the company it was a grand sight to see these extra duty men in line.
, the wagoner, had not seen his musket since it was given him at Lynnfield
and knew nothing of the manual, neither did Uncle Burrill, who was regimental mail carrier.
came down the line and the men threw up their guns for inspection.
had watched the men on his right, and when his turn came threw his gun up in fair shape.
The colonel took it, looked at the musket, then at Fowler
“What do you mean by bringing such a musket for inspection?”
“It ought to be all right,” said Fowler
, “it is bran new and I have never used it since it was given to me.”
With a reprimand the colonel, passing on, soon came to Uncle Burrill, who was not quite as sharp as Fowler
, and had not watched the men on his right.
When the colonel stood before him uncle remained quiet and modestly blushed.
The colonel surveyed him from head to foot.
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