mous duelling ground of slavery days.
(The Colonel was evidently not a participant in the melon-patch episode just outside of Philadelphia, while the train was waiting on a siding for other trains to pass.
Colonel Cronkite says that the tedium of the wait was relieved by a raid on a neighboring melon patch in which more than half of the regiment participated; and that, led by an officer, they returned to the train laden with a melon each.) The regiment in box cars arrived in Washington on Sept. 3d, in the morning and arrived at Hyattsville in the afternoon.
Major Olcott, having been sent ahead to get instructions, was asked by the commanding officer whether the regiment was from the country and had good choppers in it. The major answered that it was from an agricultural and dairy section, and did not contain many axemen.
There the matter ended.
This journey from Camp Schuyler to Washington, made so quietly and orderly, so soon after the muster of the regiment, demonstrates the rem
arch, passed through Winchester at 8 A. M. Camped on Opequon Creek at 4:30 P. M.
August 18: Marched at 6 A. M. via Berryville and camped two miles from Charlestown.
August 21: Enemy appeared at 8 A. M. Skirmished all day.
August 22: Retired at 2 A. M. toward Harper's Ferry.
Camped on former ground.
At 12 M. moved to Crook's left and remained in reserve.
August 28: Marched at 1 A. M. and camped eleven and one-half miles from Charlestown, in position held on the 21st inst.
September 3: Marched to a position near Clifton and remained until Sept 19.
September 19: Broke camp at 3:30 A. M., crossed the Opequon Creek at 9 A. M.
To fill in the incidents of this period of apparently erratic movement, resort must be made to Colonel Beckwith's narrative.
He writes, While at Halltown, Colonel Olcott and quite a number of men, who had been away wounded and sick, returned to the regiment and increased its strength and appearance materially.
On the 16th we started back dow