building was the result of their labors.
Ladies came from Washington
and a good time was enjoyed.
We enlisted men looked on from a distance and thought of the pleasures we had surrendered for a chance to serve our country.
After getting snugly fixed for winter an order came to move, and soon we were on the march for Muddy Branch
, to take the place of General Banks
's division, which had been ordered to Harper's Ferry
Here the regiment was assigned various duties.
A part of Company A was sent to Rockville
First Sergeant Cook
, myself as corporal, and ten men were ordered to Darnestown
Our quarters at Darnestown
were in an old barn on the main street, and at Rockville
in buildings on the fair ground.
Our duty at Darnestown
was to prevent men coming to town from camp and to allow none to pass towards Washington
, below the rank of a brigadier-genera], without proper papers.
We had three posts, each at a store.
The citizens of the town were in sympathy with the South
, but as we behaved like gentlemen they were very kind, often sending us biscuits for breakfast and at Christmas furnishing a liberal supply of egg-nog.
We were welcomed at any house, and often when off duty spent a pleasant hour by their firesides.
Soon after we began duty Sergeant Cook
received a furlough of thirty days and I was commander-in-chief of the Darnestown army.
I had no trouble with the enlisted men, but the officers “kicked” when I asked them to show their leave of absence.
My duty was to inspect the coach when it arrived on its way to Washington
, and if any officer or soldier was on board to ask him to show his pass.
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