[p. 94] A. M. We were six hours going two miles, through a swamp, and when we got out we went almost double quick. It was dark, and when we went into camp there were but nine men. One of the color bearers gave out, so Corporal Page took the colors, and as he had his gun, I took one end of the staff and he the other, and in we went, with one sergeant and two corporals. As we were going in, some officers wanted to know where the head of the regiment was. The major told them he did n't know, but here were the colors. I believe no company came in with more than twelve men. Page and I made a fire and laid down to rest. It was then 4 o'clock. On a rise of ground just before we got to camp, we saw the camp fires of about fifteen thousand men. It was as splendid a sight as ever I saw. Friday, the nineteenth, we took up our march and passed Kingston on our left, across the river. We passed a house used as a hospital, and there were rebels who were wounded there, and a rebel surgeon was with them. Saturday, the twentieth, we marched within fourteen miles of Newbern, and went into camp in a thick wood. There I scraped up some leaves and made a good bed, as I thought; but I took cold for the first time on our whole route. In the morning the ground was frozen hard. On Sunday, the twenty-first, we marched at 7 o'clock home to Newbern. We arrived there about one-thirty, and the boys were glad to get home. We were short of provisions all the time from Goldsboro. We had coffee enough and we had to make it in our dippers. We had no meat, only what we foraged, and that was very little. I marched three days with only three hard tack a day and coffee. The last day I marched into Newbern with only one cracker. The last three days it should not have been so, for the gunboats met us at Kingston, and they might have brought us enough to eat. But we lived and came in almost as good as new. I don't think there was a man in the regiment who came in better than I did. I feel now as
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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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