While our duty as the advance guard had been arduous, we had not suffered as much as those who marched with the regiment.
They had marched rapidly over dusty roads, under a broiling sun, and many had been sunstruck.
Among the number was Capt. William A. Hill
He was not able to speak above a whisper for several days, and his condition was serious; but his courage was good and he remained on duty with the regiment.
The men having rested a day, and being now veteran soldiers, had forgotten their hardships, and when we arrived were nearly all in the James River
hunting for oysters.
On August 24, the brigade embarked on the steamship “Atlantic” for Washington
, arriving at Alexandria
the 28th,--just one year from the day we left Massachusetts