camp at Bakersville
was the resignation of Colonel Franchot
, and the appointment in his place of Emory Upton
had shown ability in the enlistment and organization of the regiment, and is to be honored for his patriotism and zeal in his service for the country.
But his education had been wholly civilian; and military service was entirely new to him. He wisely decided to resign his command and return to civil life, and resume his place in Congress, of which he was a Representative.
But before doing so, he used his influence to have Captain Upton
of the 121st, and for this he deserves the approval and gratitude of every member of the regiment.
was commissioned on September 25th, and being duly presented to the regiment was received with hearty cheers.
The regiment was intelligent enough to soon learn that civilian officers were not generally fitted by education or experience for command in active warfare.
After taking formal command Colonel Upton
obtained a leave of absence for a few days, which left the command of the regiment to Major Olcott
, Lieut. Colonel Clark
being absent sick.
Near the camp of the 121st was a large brick barn, the application for the use of which for hospital purposes had been refused.
on his own authority took possession of this barn, and moved the sick from the cornstalk hospital into it. If over assumption of authority is ever justified, it certainly was in this case, and probably on that account Major Olcott
escaped censure for his act.
Immediately upon his return to duty, Colonel Upton
began the system of discipline, and drill, that soon brought the regiment to the high efficiency for which it became noted and which placed it among the most reliable of the organizations of the Army.
was a young