We marched into the barracks before the tables were reset.
The waiters removed the tin dishes, then jumped on to the tables and with dirty brooms began to sweep as they walked along.
This was too much for Massachusetts
On the tables not cleared were remnants of the meal left by the Pennsylvanians.
Soon the air was filled with bread, pork and tin dippers.
The waiters were unable to stand the attack and retreated in good order.
After quiet was restored our men cleared the tables and the rations were brought in, consisting of mouldy soft bread, boiled salt pork and very poor coffee.
being informed of our treatment found the officer in charge and gave him religious instructions
. We received nothing better that night, but the next morning when the 19th marched in to breakfast our colonel's “draft had been honored” and we had a square meal.
regiment occupying the barracks, we had to sleep on the ground.
The night was warm, and being very tired we were soon fast asleep.
About four o'clock we were awakened by something grunting around us, and found that we were in the midst of a drove of hogs
. We had never seen hogs running at large at home, and believing some one's swine had escaped from the pen, we concluded to do a neighborly act and catch them.
The race began, but with poor success for us, as they could run a mile in 2.40 or less.
After our sport we found an old pump, where we made our morning toilet.
We boys did not mind this new mode of living much; we sang, said “it was all in the three years,” and was nothing after you got used to it. Not so with the older men. I remember one instance: returning from the pump I saw one of the men leaning against the