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You can hardly conceive what up-hill work it is. There are but three captains in the regiment, and everything has to be organized.
Morning reports, accounts of the sick and wounded; bothers innumerable about forage, commissary stores, subsistence, &c.; servants' attendance, regiment's wash-sinks, guards, funds, sutlers, discipline, drill, details for different duties, postage, losses in battle, and everything else conceivable. . . . . I did not think, when I left Boston and walked over to Lynnfield, that I should be in command of the remainder of the regiment in less than five weeks.
He was a strict disciplinarian, and gave the regiment a character it never lost.
Naturally he enforced those particulars wherein he never failed himself.
He writes, October 2d:—
I have intense satisfaction in my position as commander for two reasons,—it enables me to enforce cleanliness, and prohibit swearing; which last I have checked to a considerable extent, to a degree which I never thou