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Chapter 24: the winter camp at Falmouth.

The men of the army were much depressed over the result of the battle of Fredericksburg, but rest, better rations and the coming of the paymaster soon put them in a good frame of mind.

Lieut. Col. Devereux returned to the command of the regiment during January and Capt. Henry A. Hale, having recovered from his wounds, reported for duty in command of Company B, on Jan. 1. Second Lieut. Moses Shackley, of Co. B, returned from recruiting duty on Jan. 24. First Lieut. Samuel S. Prime, worn out by the fatiguing campaigns, resigned on Jan. 21 and received an honorable discharge.

For the camp at Falmouth, a place was chosen a short distance from the village, in a crescent shaped indentation in the hills which protected it from the northerly and westerly winds and, having a southern exposure, made the camp a very comfortable winter home. There was a small space of open ground in front, which was used for a parade ground. In front of this ran a creek, which, during the heavy rains, was impassable. In consequence of this a bridge was thrown across and the men once more prepared for winter by logging up the tents.

The commissary department procured iron shields for the tops of the ovens and a regimental bakery was built, Levi Woofindale, of Co. B, being appointed regimental baker. By this appointment the men profited greatly, being supplied with soft bread of an excellent quality and often hot from the oven. On Sundays baked beans were served and, in exchange for cash, the men could get brown bread and ginger bread. After Gen. Hooker took command the regiments were excellently provided for. Many stricken ones of earlier fields returned to the regiment and the wasted ranks gradually became better filled.

In addition to doing provost duty in the town, the regiment

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