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Cambridge (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
father of the resolution I had taken. Instead of interposing an emphatic objection, as he had done the previous year, he said, in substance, Well, you know I do not want you to go, but it is very evident that a great many more must go, and if you have fully determined upon it I shall not object. Having already determined upon the arm of the service which I should enter, accompanied by three other acquaintances of the same opinion, two of them the school-fellows mentioned, I started for Cambridge, with a view of seeing Captain Porter, who was then at home recruiting for the First Massachusetts Battery, which he commanded, and enlisting with him, as there were at least two men in his company who were fellow-townsmen. But we were much disappointed when the Captain informed us that his company was now recruited to the number required. However, we directed our steps back to Boston without delay, and there, in the second story of the Old State House, enlisted in a new organization the
United States (United States) (search for this): chapter 11
e to have volunteered this day of18 to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of three years, unless sooner discharged by proper authority: Do also agree to unteers. And I, do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of War. Sworn That I am ______ years and ______ months of age; That I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by sentence of a court-martial, or by order before the e; and I do hereby freely give my consent to his volunteering as a soldier in the Army of the United States for the period of three years. given at _______ the _______ day of _______ 186__ . witne
Oxford County (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
old veterans to haze recruits in many ways. Of course, there was no justification for their doing it, only as the recruits in some instances provoked it. There was a song composed during the war, entitled the Raw recruit, sung to the tune of Abraham's Daughter, which I am wholly unable to recall, but a snatch of the first verse, or its parody, ran about as follows:--I'm a raw recruit, with a bran‘--new suit, Nine hundred dollars bounty, And I've come down from Darbytown To fight for Oxford County. The name of the town and county were varied to suit the circumstances. In 1863 a draft was ordered to fill the ranks of the army, as volunteers did not come for- Drafted. ward rapidly enough to meet the exigencies of the service. Men of means, if drafted, hired a substitute, as allowed by law, to go in their stead, when patriotism failed to set them in motion. Many of these substitutes did good service, while others became deserters immediately after enlisting. Conscription
Richmond (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
s of young men were doing at that time, and had been doing for months, as it leads up directly to the theme about to be considered. After I had obtained the reluctant consent of my father to enlist,--my mother never gave hers,--the next step hecessary was to make selection of the organization with which to identify my fortunes. I well remember the to me eventful August evening when that decision to enlist was arrived at. The Union army, then under McClellan, had been driven from before Richmond in the disastrous Peninsular campaign, and now the Rebel army, under General Lee, was marching on Washington. President Lincoln had issued a call for three hundred thousand three-years' volunteers. One evening, shortly after this call was made, I met three of my former school-mates and neighbors in the chief village of the town I then called home, and, after a brief discussion of the outlook, one of the quartette challenged, or stumped, the others to enlist.. The challenge was promptly a
Boston (Massachusetts, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
three other acquaintances of the same opinion, two of them the school-fellows mentioned, I started for Cambridge, with a view of seeing Captain Porter, who was then at home recruiting for the First Massachusetts Battery, which he commanded, and enlisting with him, as there were at least two men in his company who were fellow-townsmen. But we were much disappointed when the Captain informed us that his company was now recruited to the number required. However, we directed our steps back to Boston without delay, and there, in the second story of the Old State House, enlisted in a new organization then rapidly filling. Here is a copy of a certificate, still in my possession, which I was to present on enlisting. It tells its own story. Volunteer enlistment. State ofTOWN of I,born in in the State ofagedyears, and by occupation aDo hereby Acknowledge to have volunteered this day of18 to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of three
Maine (Maine, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
X. Raw recruits. She asked for men, and up he spoke, my handsome and hearty Sam, “I'll die for the dear old Union, if she'll take me as I am ”: And if a better man than he there's mother that can show, From Maine to Minnesota, then let the people know. Lucy Larcom. Many facts bearing upon the subject of this sketch have been already presented in the opening chapter, but much more remains to be told, and the reader will pardon me, I trust, for now injecting a little bit of personal history to illustrate what thousands of young men were doing at that time, and had been doing for months, as it leads up directly to the theme about to be considered. After I had obtained the reluctant consent of my father to enlist,--my mother never gave hers,--the next step hecessary was to make selection of the organization with which to identify my fortunes. I well remember the to me eventful August evening when that decision to enlist was arrived at. The Union army, then under McClellan, had
Washington (United States) (search for this): chapter 11
about to be considered. After I had obtained the reluctant consent of my father to enlist,--my mother never gave hers,--the next step hecessary was to make selection of the organization with which to identify my fortunes. I well remember the to me eventful August evening when that decision to enlist was arrived at. The Union army, then under McClellan, had been driven from before Richmond in the disastrous Peninsular campaign, and now the Rebel army, under General Lee, was marching on Washington. President Lincoln had issued a call for three hundred thousand three-years' volunteers. One evening, shortly after this call was made, I met three of my former school-mates and neighbors in the chief village of the town I then called home, and, after a brief discussion of the outlook, one of the quartette challenged, or stumped, the others to enlist.. The challenge was promptly accepted all around, and hands were shaken to bind the agreement. I will add in passing, that three of the f
Minnesota (Minnesota, United States) (search for this): chapter 11
X. Raw recruits. She asked for men, and up he spoke, my handsome and hearty Sam, “I'll die for the dear old Union, if she'll take me as I am ”: And if a better man than he there's mother that can show, From Maine to Minnesota, then let the people know. Lucy Larcom. Many facts bearing upon the subject of this sketch have been already presented in the opening chapter, but much more remains to be told, and the reader will pardon me, I trust, for now injecting a little bit of personal history to illustrate what thousands of young men were doing at that time, and had been doing for months, as it leads up directly to the theme about to be considered. After I had obtained the reluctant consent of my father to enlist,--my mother never gave hers,--the next step hecessary was to make selection of the organization with which to identify my fortunes. I well remember the to me eventful August evening when that decision to enlist was arrived at. The Union army, then under McClellan, had
Lucy Larcom (search for this): chapter 11
X. Raw recruits. She asked for men, and up he spoke, my handsome and hearty Sam, “I'll die for the dear old Union, if she'll take me as I am ”: And if a better man than he there's mother that can show, From Maine to Minnesota, then let the people know. Lucy Larcom. Many facts bearing upon the subject of this sketch have been already presented in the opening chapter, but much more remains to be told, and the reader will pardon me, I trust, for now injecting a little bit of personal history to illustrate what thousands of young men were doing at that time, and had been doing for months, as it leads up directly to the theme about to be considered. After I had obtained the reluctant consent of my father to enlist,--my mother never gave hers,--the next step hecessary was to make selection of the organization with which to identify my fortunes. I well remember the to me eventful August evening when that decision to enlist was arrived at. The Union army, then under McClellan, had
Winfield S. Hancock (search for this): chapter 11
small part of the trials that fell to the lot of billeted officers, for they got hold of some of the crookedest sticks to make straight military men of that the country-or, rather, countries--produced. Not the least among the obstacles in the way of making good soldiers of them was the fact that the recruits of 1864-5, in particular, included many who could neither speak nor understand a word of English. In referring to the disastrous battle of Reams Station, not long since, the late General Hancock told me that the Twentieth Massachusetts Regiment had received an accession of about two hundred German recruits only two or three days before the battle, not one of whom could understand the orders of their commanding officers. It can Drilling the awkward squad. be easily imagined how much time and patience would be required to mould such subjects as those into intelligent, reliable soldiery. But outside of this class there were scores of men that spoke English who would hay-foo
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