entertainments not far from Culpeper
, in a large hexagonal stockade, which would seat six or seven hundred persons, and which had been erected for the purpose by one Lieutenant Lee
, then on either General French
's or General Birney
's staff — I cannot now say which.
To convey us thither over the intervening distance of four or five miles, as I now remember, we hired a mule-driver with his army wagon.
More than twenty-three years have since elapsed, but those twelve or fourteen rides, after dark, across the rough country and frozen ground around Brandy Station
were so thoroughly jolted into my memory that I shall never forget them.
The seven dollars apiece per night which we received for our services was but a trifling compensation for the battering and mellowing we endured en route
, and no more than paid for wear and tear.
No harder vehicle can be found to take a ride in than an army wagon.
By some stroke of good luck, or, perhaps, good management, many of the regiments from New England
took their transportation along with them.
It consisted, in many cases, of twenty-five wagons, two for each company, and five for regimental headquarters.
These were drawn at first by four horses, but afterwards by six mules.
A light battery had three such wagons.
They were designed to carry the baggage of the troops, and when a march was ordered they were filled with tents, stoves, kettles, pans, chairs, desks, trunks, valises, knapsacks, boards,--in fact, whatever conveniences had accumulated about the camps.
, in his Memoirs (vol.
i. p. 178), describes very graphically the troops he saw about Washington
in ‘61, as follows:--
“ Their uniforms were as various as the states and cities from which they came their arms were also of every pattern and calibre; and they were so loaded down with overcoats, haversacks, knapsacks, tents, and baggage, that it took from twenty-five to fifty wagons to move the camp of a regiment ”