We marched eight miles, and at 4 p. m. halted at Raccoon Ford
, on the Rappadan.
Here we relieved the Twelfth army corps. Two miles farther on, September 27, we went into quarters at Camp Nordquest.
We were now employed in picketing the Rappadan.
The whole division marched out one mile, in the rain, and forming three sides of a hollow square, saw a deserter from the Ninetieth Pennsylvania regiment shot.
We remained at Camp Nordquest until October 9, when we turned out at 11 p. m., and stood in line till 3 p. m. of the next day. waiting for orders, when we marched.
Arriving at Norton's Ford we again set out at 8 p. m., and marched to Pony Plain—twelve miles—arriving there at midnight. On these marches a soldier, with his gun, knapsack, forty rounds of ammunition, haversack, rations, etc., was carrying between forty and sixty pounds.
We now come to the first serious disaster which befell our company.
Our pickets had been taken off at 10 p. m., October 10, and marched back to Camp Nordquest for their rations.
They were under the command of Captain John Hutchins
, of Company C (Medford
). They secured their rations, but on their return, as there was some delay and the night was dark, some of them lost their way. The consequence was the enemy captured thirteen men, all from our regiment, and seven of them from Company E.
These were Sergeant R. J. Hyde
, Privates F. J. Oliver
, Henry Howe
, Joseph Whitmore
, and Washington Lovett
, all of whom died in Andersonville prison, and Corporal G. W. Bean
and Private J. W. Oliver
The former was in prison seventeen months, until March, 1865, when he was paroled; the latter was more fortunate, being paroled after three or four months of imprisonment.
The capture took place near Stevensburg
, five or six miles from their regiment.
We turned out soon after midnight, and were ordered to be ready at a moment's notice.
11 a. m., we marched to Kelley's Ford, on the Rappadan.
We forded the river, and took up a position (on the Washington
side) in some rifle pits, three or four feet deep.
This was to cover the river.
The enemy, it will be understood, had flanked our army