[p. 90] I had some of the sugar, for Corporal Page stepped ahead and got nearly a quart. We chummed together during the march. What he had I had. He had some ‘cheek,’ as well as myself. Foraging was forbidden except when detailed. Some did, however, but as I was color guard, I could not leave. I think there were not many places but what were pretty well ransacked. The cavalry and artillery took all the horses and mules with them. We went into camp about ten, in the woods. Weather quite warm. We scraped up some leaves and made up a bed, and slept first rate. December 14, Sunday, we took up a march about ten, and marched out of the woods, and there halted for orders, as the head of the army was about five miles ahead at Kingston, fighting. Our regiment was detailed to go on picket duty by companies. There was a church there, and the colonel took it for headquarters. So the colors had to stay there with him, and we had a day of rest in the ‘church,’ as it was called. It was about fifty feet long by thirty wide. There was no finish about it. The pulpit was nearly in the centre, and a partition across it. Back of the pulpit was for the colored people. They had a stand-up seat in front. There were some seats, or benches, just as you choose to call them. It was never painted outside. It had three doors for the white people and one for the colored. It stood in a bend of the road in the woods. The place was called Warrenton, so a prisoner told me whom we had there all day. I think he had not been to church for some time, although he was taken about a mile from there. He said he owned a farm and two slaves. I asked him what denomination worshipped there, and he said he believed it was ‘Missionary.’ He did n't pretend to know much, but I think he knew more than he cared to have known. We kept him until we got to our journey's end, and then let him go. During the day we had a battle at Kingston. There were quite a number killed. As near as I can find out there were
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An eighteenth century enterprise.
Susanna Rowson .
Medford square - 1682 - 1715 .
Medford Historical Society .
Some old Medford houses and estates.
A fast-day hymn.
Meeting-house brook and the second Meeting-house .
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