day for rest and preparation, they started off on a long march to Ball's Bluff, where six companies were on picket, Capt. Hutchins
being in command of three of them.
He was obliged to go six miles every morning to report at headquarters, and a detail had to be sent there each day for rations.
Six miles on foot, carrying a heavy box of hard tack, under a blazing sun, caused Private Whitney
of the Light Guard to suffer from illness for the only time during the whole three years term.
Commanders and men chafed under this arrangement to no purpose.
At this time the Light Guard was without change of clothing, their baggage having been left behind when they left Arlington Heights
, but Capt. Hutchins
wrote, ‘We have two towels and some soap, and the Potomac runs
Exposure to river fogs at night brought on fever and ague.
Men not on picket duty were employed at target practice.
Foraging was especially prohibited, and three companies were made to pay fifty dollars for twenty-seven hogs killed.
Perhaps some of Co. C's deviltry entered into the swine, for the lieutenant was reprimanded for allowing firing by his men. December 20, 1862, after serving all the fall on picket and as river guard, the regiment went into winter quarters at Poolesville
Tents were supplied with bunks and straw.
April 14, 1863, marching orders were received.
A week later, the 39th was in barracks at Washington, D. C.
, acting as provost guard.
From April to July our company enjoyed the pleasure of renewing old friendships and of doing easy work.
July 12, 1863, just after the Battle of Gettysburg
, the regiment marched to Funktown, Maryland, and joined the Army of the Potomac, under General Meade
was reached July 27.
Samuel W. Joyce
died of typhoid fever in an ambulance wagon during the march and was buried at Middleburg, Virginia
During a short halt the company gathered around, a hurried burial service was said, a