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[76] We camped in the woods near the river a day, and endured a heavy rainstorm. The storm over, we took up our march to our old camp and on May 6th or 7th filed down into our company streets with its row of log huts, where we immediately realized the losses we had sustained. More than half the huts were empty. We selected and used the best, tearing down and using some for firewood. In a few days we learned that our wounded had been sent over the river to us. From them, as we visited them in Potomac and Aquia Creek hospitals, our worst fears were confirmed as to the missing. Very few had escaped the bullets of the enemy, and those borne upon the roll as missing were either dead, or wounded unto death. But no time was given us for brooding. We were put to work at once upon drill, inspection and target practice. A round of steady work each day kept us pretty well occupied. Then the 16th and 27th N. Y. Vol. went home, their time having expired, as did that of the 18th, 31st and 32d of the Third Brigade (Newton's) of the 1st Division; and the recruits to these regiments being held as three-year men, were transferred to the 121st. They were a fine body of men, thoroughly inured to army life in all its phases. They made a sturdy fight against their detention. Colonel Upton called them up, explained to them their position and the position of the government, and his determination to enforce a rigid compliance to orders, and at the same time appealed to their pride and patriotism, and succeeded .in winning them all to a cheerful return to duty. After that they all worked with us, and never kicked or flinched in any field. They numbered more than we did at the time of their joining us, and again made a strong regiment of us. They rivaled us in a friendly way in work and

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