lay in their tents they could hear him calling, ‘Left!
and frequently it was ‘Sergeant
, tread on that man's heels.’
When Col. Hinks
and the new officers came, however, one of the Salem Zouaves
was assigned to each Company as Drill Master, and it was soon evident that the three months of independent, hap-hazard drill had been worse than useless and was immediately begun over again in the regulation manner.
The new officers went earnestly to work drilling the regiment and many a hard day was spent tramping over the field in company and battalion drill.
The service began to be less like a picnic as each day passed, but the men were getting acquainted with the musket and receiving that preparation which was to be of great benefit to them in later years.
On August 18, Colonel Hinks
received the following letter:
On August 26, 1861, the following order was issued: