“Has all you genn'men got names?”
and while we were waiting several days near the landing for transportation we spent our time out of doors and bathing in the waters of the bay which we thought pretty good for December.’
On the 18th of December, Lieutenants Wolcott
resigned to accept positions in a Maryland battery.
Second Lieutenants Trull
were promoted to their positions and the vacancies were filled by the commissioning of William Marland
and Sergeant Warren K. Snow
as second lieutenants.
Life at Camp Andrew from December till the following February was uneventful though by no means idle.
The men worked hard, drills were held almost daily furnishing perhaps an explanation for the later record of the battery when real warfare began.
In regard to this Capt. E. K. Russell
‘One of the things that won the love of the Union
men of Baltimore
was the frequent battery drills through the streets of that city.
was always in command and the rapid movements of the battery as a whole, in sections, or single guns, stationed at certain points to command all avenues of approach at given points were simply marvellous.
Much of the work was done by the bugle and if the bugler was not at hand our captain carried a small one under his arm and this would ring out the commands with a snap so that not only the men took notice but even the horses recognized the calls and jumped into the movements with a will.’
It is evident that Captain Nims
had a high ideal of what a battery should be and spared neither pains nor effort in his endeavor to reach this ideal.
‘This morning, drill.
We jumped ditches, pond holes, anything that could be jumped, ran up banks six or eight feet high and then had a run down street.’
‘Had a foot drill today and it was rough double quick—then the captain gave us instructions on dress parade.’
‘Sabre drill on horseback.’