and became ambitious to become a model regiment.
It was no wonder that the regiment soon became known as “Upton
's regulars,” and that General Meade
on a subsequent occasion seriously inquired if they were regulars.
During one of the daily parades the first promotion in the regiment was announced, that of Orderly Sergeant J. W. Cronkite
to be Second Lieutenant
of Company I.
Other changes occurred during November. Dr. E. S. Walker
was appointed Surgeon
in place of Dr. Basset
resigned and were honorably discharged.
had died in camp at Bakersville
Lieutenant A. E. Mather
of Company K was transferred to Company G, which by the resignation of its two lieutenants had been left without a commissioned officer.
Twenty-five men had been lost on account of sickness, and the regiment now numbered only 657 present for duty — not because of any loss in battle, but from exposure, much of it unnecessary, and the exhaustion of a strenuous campaign, for which the men were not inured by previous experience.
But now the 657 men in the ranks were physically fit for anything that might be required of them.
One day Colonel Upton
set the men to felling trees to build winter quarters, but orders came to move the next day, at 6 o'clock, with three days rations.
The first day's march carried the regiment past White Oak Church, and the next day to Belle Plain Landing.
This last day it began to rain as we left camp, became gradually colder and colder, so that the rain soon changed to snow, the snow to sleet, and when we reached the Landing
a keen, strong wind was blowing from the bay, and the halt was made and arms stacked on an open plain, so level that water stood in the hollows of the corn rows, with not a particle of shelter or fuel, and with clothing covered with