e Confederate camps compared unfavorably with those of the men in blue.
They were not, as a rule, attractive in appearance.
The tents and Camp equipage were nothing like so smart, so spick and span—very far from it, indeed!
Our engineer corps were far inferior, lacking in proper tools and equipment.
The sappers and miners of the Federal army on Cemetery Hill, at Gettysburg, did rapid and effective work during the night following the first day's battle, as they had previously done at Chancellorsville—work which our men could not begin to match.
When we had to throw up breastworks in the field, as at Hagerstown, after Gettysburg, it had usually to be done with our bayonets.
Spades and axes were luxuries at such times.
Bands of music were rare, and generally of inferior quality; but the men made up for it as far as they could by a gay insouciance, and by singing in Camp and on the march.
I have seen the men of the First Maryland Infantry trudging wearily through mud and rain, sadl