organization — not temperance — can be found so many total abstainers to the number of men as can be found in the ranks of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Our trip down the Potomac
was pleasant, but soon after leaving the river a sudden storm struck us; our old craft leaked badly and we feared we should be swamped.
The captain dared not continue, and put back to Point Lookout
Here we found a deserted hotel and several cottages.
We did not stop to register, but took possession of the rooms and passed a comfortable night.
Next morning we reembarked, and reached Fortress Monroe
during the night.
The following day we landed and marched to Hampton
, where we found the Army of the Potomac awaiting the arrival of our division.
We encamped here about two weeks, quartered in Sibley
We were not required to drill often, and the time was pleasantly passed in visiting the several Massachusetts
regiments in the army.
Early in April the grand Army of the Potomac moved towards Yorktown
It was a grand army
, every regiment having its full quota.
The experience of the previous months had made them reliable as soldiers.
Incompetent officers and disabled men had been discharged, and those now on duty were filled with patriotic enthusiasm.
They only desired a chance to fight, clear up the war and go home.
Every man had confidence in General McClellan
, and almost believed that he was sent by the Lord
to lead us to victory.
Whenever he appeared every head was uncovered and every voice raised in loud hurrahs.
We marched two days and encamped about two miles from the enemy's works before Yorktown
We pitched our shelter tents for the first time, and began army life in