off with a lecture from the captain, and as the opportunity was never again presented, the offence was not repeated.
With Captain Devereaux
, who joined us at Muddy Branch
, came more recruits, and the regiment was now full, Company A having had for a few days one hundred and two enlisted men, several of the old men were discharged, bringing us down to the required number.
A fine band was attached to the regiment, and having become very well drilled in the manual, our dress parades were almost perfect, and were witnessed by nearly all the soldiers and citizens in the town.
March 24 we received marching orders.
Crossing the river we took cars at Point of Rocks
, where we arrived the next day. We remained in Washington
two days, then marched to the navy yard and took the old transport “North America
” for Fortress Monroe
In no place is the life of a soldier so hard as on a transport.
Crowded between decks like cattle, unable to cook or even make coffee, they must subsist on what rations are issued and drink the water from the casks.
The crews are always liberally supplied with miserable whiskey, which they sell at a high price to those who will buy, and a few men are always found in every regiment who will get drunk if they have a chance.
On shore the guard-house can be resorted to, but on board ship there is no relief from this unbearable nuisance.
I do not want it understood that drunkenness was general in the army, for many men went through the war without touching liquor, and in my four years experience I never saw an officer or enlisted man intoxicated when going into battle.
I believe that what was true during the war has been true since, and that in no