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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1862. (search)
e a pride and an interest. He was soon after detailed for duty in the provost guard, but disliked the easy and monotonous life, and was impatient to be again with his company and on the advance; and about the 10th of May he was relieved. Then followed a campaign which is pleasantly described in his letters. Beauton Station, June 11, 1863. dear——,—We marched all night the day we left, and the weather was showery. At about four A. M., we halted at Spotswood tavern and rested till ten; then a day's march brought us to this point, where we camped at six P. M., in a fine oak forest. We carried no tents, only blankets and haversacks. The next morning the men received six days rations additional, which were stowed away in their knapsacks. We rested all that day, as we had need of doing after marching forty miles in a trifle over twenty-four hours. At about five P. M., we received sudden orders to march, and made about four miles, when we bivouacked in a wood without fires. <