Many had expected that 1862 would see the end of the war, but it now looked as though those who were spared would see the end of their three years enlistment.
The losses in officers had been such that many promotions were made.
Four enlisted men were promoted second lieutenants, and I was one of the number.
I was assigned to Company I, Capt. J. F. Plympton
By a misunderstanding between Colonel Hincks
and Lieutenant-Colonel Devereaux
, First Sergeant Driver
and myself did not receive our commissions until August, although we continued as acting second lieutenants, the two commissioned by recommendation of Colonel Hincks
not being assigned to duty.
It was impossible to obtain officers' uniforms, so I bought a pair of brass shoulder-straps, sewed them on my well-worn blouse, borrowed a sword of Lieutenant Mumford
and went on duty, as verdant an officer as could be found in the army of the Potomac.
About the middle of August I was ordered to report to First Lieut. John P. Reynolds
for special duty.
We were to take charge of the guard of the division wagon train that was ordered to Fortress Monroe
Our duty was an important one.
We knew we were liable to attack at any time by guerillas, and constant vigilance was required.
We often met small parties of mounted citizens who rode past our train.
We believed they were “taking us in,” but we had not arrived at the time when men were arrested on suspicion, so we let them pass but kept our train well covered.
We arrived at Fortress Monroe
in due time, turned over the train and reported to the regiment at Newport News, they having marched a few days after we were ordered away.