Chapter 5: life at camp Benton.
On returning to the camp at Poolesville, on October 24 the second day after the battle of Ball's Bluff, it was found that the wound of Gen. Lander and the capture of Col. Lee left Col. Hinks in command of the Fid in rapid improvement in the regiment, as is evidenced by the following letter:
Headquarters Corps of Observation, Poolesville, Nov. 13, 1861. Lieut. Col. Devereux, commanding. 19TH Mass. Vols.
The general commanding directs me to eg its selections the delightful melody of Fair Harvard in their honor.
The chief thing of interest, beside work, at Poolesville seemed to be to stockade the tents and to build a fire-place which would not smoke the occupants out. Capt. Rice constouse and had it built about five feet from the ground.
In this tables were built, the lumber having been brought from Poolesville.
The company had previously built an oven in which to bake their beans and their meat.
This was now used to roast po
Fitzgerald, John, priv., (I), July 6, ‘61; 24; died Nov. 20, ‘61 in camp, Poolesville, Md. Fitzgerald, John, priv., (I), Aug. 3, ‘63; 32; sub. Hiland Hall; transf.
Geo. W., wagoner, (D), July 25, ‘61; 37; deserted as priv., June 22, ‘62 at Poolesville.
Frost, Hieroninus, priv., (D), July 24, ‘63; 35; sub. Geo. Smith; died Dec
Phelps, Elias A., priv., (G), July 25, ‘61; 21; died Oct. 5, ‘61 in camp, Poolesville, Md. Phillips, Eugene C., priv., (K), Aug. 13, ‘61; 20; disch.
expir. term, Auemondo, John W., priv., (H), Oct. 25, ‘61; 20; disch.
disa. Apr. 24, ‘62 at Poolesville by Major Bates.
Restell, John, priv., (H), Dec. 1, ‘61; 41; disch.
disa. A; disch.
Nov. 22, ‘61 S. O. 139 Headqr's A of P. ‘61 at Camp Benton, near Poolesville, Md. Spofford, Daniel W., priv., (A), Aug. 10, ‘61; 26; wounded Sept. 17, ‘62; olivar, Va. West, Chas., priv., (D), July 25, ‘61; 30; died Apr. 6, ‘62 at Poolesville, Md. West, Chas.
E., priv., (K), Mar. 23, ‘64;