funeral of young Pearsons
He was taken to the grave about forty rods from camp, under a large oak tree, escorted by three drummers and one fifer with about three hundred of the boys.
In going to the grave the drums were muffled and the music was solemn indeed.
After a prayer by the Chaplain
the body was lowered into its last resting place and covered with a shovel full of dirt, then a volley of musketry was fired over the grave and we returned to camp, the band playing a lively tune.
His death was caused by exposure.
In consequence of our sudden march into Maryland
, the regiment left their tents behind and are destitute of shelter from rain and weather.
The hospital is made of rails covered with corn stalks, likewise the tents in camp.
Our medical supplies have been short, and our First Surgeon
Before any attempt was made to remedy this condition of the regiment, on October 1st, eighty men were sick in camp, over forty of whom were too sick to help themselves, and Captain Clark
and sixty-one privates were absent on account of sickness.
In thirty-eight days the regiment had been reduced from 946 enlisted men and thirty officers to a membership of 744.
On October 30th the Adjutant
's Clerk, Dean
, reported the condition of the regiment as follows: Enlisted men present for duty, 722.
Enlisted men present sick, 123.
Commissioned officers present for duty, 28.
Commissioned officers present sick, 4.
Enlisted men serving in hospitals as nurses, 30.
Enlisted men absent without leave, 9.
Absent sick, 28. One officer, Surgeon Basset
, had resigned, and another, Lieut. Davis
, had died.
Of the sick, both officers and enlisted men, some died, some were discharged for disability, and others returned to duty with the regiment.
The other important event during the stay in