bottom of the brigade wagon.
The men were clamorous fo food and resorted to all sorts of expedients to get it.
One soldier, looking through the skylight of the cook's galley, saw a pan of biscuit resting temptingly beneath.
He procured a musket, fixed the bayonet and, reaching down, punched it through the pan and drew it up, biscuits and all, and had a ‘square meal.’
Others watched the waiter when he started for the officers' quarters with their dinner and took it away from him. This made the Captain
of the boat very angry and some effort was then made to feed the hungry soldiers.
Some hard bread and a barrel of sugar was served out and, so hungry were they, that many made themselves ill by eating too much.
Beside the Nineteenth Massachusetts there was on board the Forty-Second and Fifty-Ninth New York regiments.
On August 27, Aquia Creek
was reached and at 4 P. M. the regiment landed at Alexandria
, hungry and dejected, and in ill humor with everything and everybody.
This was not diminished any when the men were laughed at by a new Massachusetts
regiment which was just going to the front.
Many of the new ones were heard to complain because they had received no butter since they left home and the men of the Nineteenth cheerfully told them they would find ‘stacks’ of it at the front.
The regiment marched three miles outside of the city and halted in an open field just in time to experience the full force of a southern shower.
the much needed clothes were issued and also rations of soft instead of hard tack, the first soft bread the men had seen since leaving Washington
in the early spring.
On the next day, Aug. 28, at 5 P. M. they were ordered to start for Chain Bridge, 17 miles distant, to occupy the forts at that point.
Halting at one o'clock in the morning, the regiment bivouacked until 5 o'clock and was then marched to the vicinity of the bridge and halted near Fort Ethan Allen, which the men had an opportunity to inspect.
's Brigade, Col. Hinks
commanding, was ordered at noon of that day, however, to march to Tenallytown
, ten miles distant. Men fell by the way from fatigue and hunger, for since leaving Harrison's Landing