There, too, the novelty of the new life began to wear away.; there old friendships were strengthened and new ones formed; there life began to reveal nobler purposes, the heart to beat with new and unfelt desires; while the grand, the mighty strength to be developed by a wellorganized, compact, and thoroughly disciplined body of earnest men began to show itself.
And there, too, what tender, half-fearful emotions were suppressed in the multitudes that gazed night after night upon the long line at evening parade,--gazed in pride, though with swelling hearts, at this strange yet heroic departure from the peaceful ways for which sons and brothers had been destined!
A few weeks of that strange but thrilling life, and the summons came.
Ou the morning of the eighth of July, 1861, the tents were struck, the camp deserted.
So like a dream had the first and last military occupants of Brook Farm come and gone, that it seemed like the vision pictured by Scott
of the clans of Rhoderick Dhu:--
The wind's last breath had tossed in air
Pennon and plaid and plumage fair;
The next but swept a lone hill-side
Where heath and fern were waving wide;
The sun's last gleam had glinted back
From spear and glaive, from targe and jack;
The next all unreflected shone
On bracken green and cold gray stone.
At five o'clock in the morning, on the eleventh of July, the regiment forded for the first time the Potomac
, at Williamsport
, and entered upon the sacred soil of Virginia
Its destination was Martinsburg
, the headquarters of General Patterson
, to whom, as ordered by General Scott
, I was to report.
Never again was the Second to make that march in such style.
The officers were in full uniform, adorned