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We obey. Not “ Walk in!” “ March By-and-by, after breakfast, come comin !” “ Stand in !" is the order; but “Fall pany-drills, bayonet-practice, battalionin !” as sleepy men must. Then the or- drills, and the heavy work of the day. derly calls off our hundred. There are Our handsome Colonel, on a nice black several boyish voices which reply, several nag, maneuvres his thousand men of the comic voices, a few mean voices, and some line-companies on the parade for two or so earnest and manly and alert that one three hours. Two thousand legs step off says to himself, “ Those are the men for accurately together. Two thousand pipeme, when work is to be done!” I read clayed cross-belts — whitened with infithe character of my comrades every nite pains and waste of time, and offering morning in each fellow's monosyllable a most inviting mark to a foe — restrain “ Here!”
the beating bosoms of a thousand braves, When the orderly is satisfied that not as they — the braves, not the belts — go one of us has run away and accepted a through the most intricate evolutions unColonelcy from the Confederate States erringly. Watching these battalion movesince last roll-call, he notifies those un- ments, Private W., perhaps, goes off and fortunates who are to be on guard for inscribes in his journal, — “ Any clever, the next twenty-four hours of the honor prompt man, with a mechanical turn, an and responsibility placed upon their shoul- eye for distance, a notion of time, and ders. Next he tells us what are to be the a voice of command, can be a tactician. drills of the day. Then, “ Right face! It is pure pedantry to claim that the maDismissed! Break ranks! March !”
næuvring of troops is difficult: it is not With ardor we instantly seize tin basins, difficult, if the troops are quick and steady. soap, and towels, and invade a lovely oak- But to be a general, with patience and grove at the rear and left of our camp. purpose and initiative,- ah!” thinks Here is a delicious spring into which we Private W., “ for that you must have the have fitted a pump. The sylvan scene man of genius; and already in this war becomes peopled with “ National Guards he begins to appear out of Massachusetts Washing,” — a scene meriting the notice and elsewhere." of Art as much as any “ Diana and her Private W. avows without fear that Nymphs.” But we have no Poussin to about noon, at Camp Cameron, he takes paint us in the dewy sunlit grove. Few a hearty dinner, and with satisfaction. of us, indeed, know how picturesque we Private W. has had his feasts in cot and are at all times and seasons.
chateau in Old World and New. It is After this beau idéal of a morning toi- the conviction of said private that nolet comes the ante-prandial drill. Lieu- where and no-when has he expected bis tenant W. arrives, and gives us a little ration with more interest, and rememberappetizing exercise in “Carry arms !” ed it with more affection, than here. “ Support arms !” “ By the right flank, In the middle bours of the day it is in march!” “ Double quick !”
order to get a pass to go to Washington, or Breakfast follows. My company mess- to visit some of the camps, which now, in es somewhat helter-skelter in a big tent. the middle of May, begin to form a corWe have very tolerable rations. Some- don around the city. Some of these I times luxuries appear of potted meats may criticize before the end of this paper. and hermetical vegetables, sent us by the Our capital seems arranged by Nature fond New Yorkers. Each little knot of to be protected by fortified camps on the fellows, too, cooks something savory. Our circuit of its hills. It may be made altable-furniture is not elegant, our plates most a Verona, if need be. Our brotherare tin, there is no silver in our forks; regiments have posts nearly as charming but à la guerre, comme à la guerre. Let as our own in these fair groves and on the scrubs growl! Lucky fellows, if they these fair slopes on either side of us. suffer no worse hardships than this ! In the afternoon comes target-practice,
OUR ADVANCE INTO VIRGINIA.
skirmishing-drill, more company- or re- peremptory command to put them out. cruit-drill, and, at half-past five, our even- Then, and until the dawn of another day, ing parade. Let me not forget tent- a cordon of snorers inside of a cordon of inspection, at four, by the officer of the sentries surrounds our national capital. day, when our band plays deliciously. The outer cordon sounds its “All's well”;
At evening parade all Washington ap- and the inner cordon, slumbering, echpears. A regiment of ladies, rather indisposed to beauty, observe us. Some- And that is the history of any day at times the Dons arrive, – Secretaries of Camp Cameron. It is monotonous, it is State, of War, of Navy,- or military not monotonous, it is laborious, it is lazy, Dons, bestriding prancing steeds, but be- it is a bore, it is a lark, it is half war, half striding them as if "'t was not their habit peace, and totally attractive, and not to often of an afternoon.” All which, - the be dispensed with from one's experience bad teeth, pallid skins, and rustic toilets in the nineteenth century. of the fair, and the very moderate horsemanship of the brave, - privates, standing at ease in the ranks, take note of, not cynically, but as men of the world.
MEANtime the weeks went on. May Wondrous gymnasts are some of the 23d arrived. Lovely creatures with their Seventh, and after evening parade they taper fingers had been brewing a flag for often give exhibitions of their prowess to Shall I say that its red stripes were circles of admirers. Muscle has not gone celestial rosy as their cheeks, its white out, nor nerve, nor activity, if these ath- stripes virgin white as their brows, its letes are to be taken as the types or even blue field cerulean as their eyes, and its as the leaders of the young city-bred men stars scintillating as the beams of the said of our time. All the feats of strength peepers ? Shall I say this? If I were a and grace of the gymnasiums are to be poet, like Jeff. Davis and each and every seen here, and show to double advantage
editor of each and every newspaper in in the open air.
our misbehaving States, I might say it. Then comes sweet evening. The moon And involuntarily I have said it. rises. It seems always full moon at Camp So the young ladies of New York-inCameron. Every tent becomes a little cluding, I hope, her who made my sandilluminated pyramid. Cooking-fires burn wiches for the march hither— had been bright along the alleys. The boys lark, making us a flag, as they have made us sing, shout, do all those merry things that havelocks, pots of jelly, bundles of lint, make the entertainment of volunteer ser- flannel dressing-gowns, embroidered slipvice. The gentle moon looks on, mild pers for a rainy day in camp, and other and amused, the fairest lady of all that necessaries of the soldier's life. visit us.
May 23d was the day we were to get At last, when the songs have been sung this sweet symbol of good-will. At evenand the hundred rumors of the day dis- ing parade appeared General Thomas, as cussed, at ten the intrusive drums and the agent of the ladies, the donors, with scolding fifes get together and stir up a a neat speech on a clean sheet of paper. concert, always premature, called tattoo. He read it with feeling; and Private W., The Seventh Regiment begins to peel for who has his sentimental moments, avows bed : at all events, Private W. does; for that he was touched by the General's earsaid W. takes, when he can, precious nest manner and patriotic words. Our good care of his cuticle, and never yields Colonel responded with his neat speech, to the lazy and unwholesome habit of very apropos. The regiment then made soldiers, --sleeping in the clothes. At taps its neat speech, nine cheers and a roar – half-past ten — out go the lights. If of tigers, - very brief and pointed. they do not, presently comes the sentry's There had been a note of preparation VOL. VIII.
As I was
in General Thomas's remarks, -- a“ Vir- may, all the world's attempts to merge ginia, cave canem !” And before parade me in the mass. In pluribus unum has was dismissed, we saw our officers holding been my motto. But whenever I march parley with the Colonel.
with the regiment, my pride is that I lose Something in the wind !
my individuality, that I am merged, that strolling off to see the sunset and the I become a part of a machine, a mere ladies on parade, I began to hear great walking gentleman, a No. 1 or a No. 2, irrepressible cheers bursting from the front rank or rear rank, file-leader or filestreets of the different companies. closer. The machine is so steady and so
“ Orders to be ready to march at a mo mighty, it moves with such musical cament's notice !” — so I learned presently dence and such brilliant show, that I enfrom dozens of overjoyed fellows. “Har joy it entirely as the unum and lose myper's Ferry !” says one. “Alexandria!" self gladly as a pluribus. shouts a second. “Richmond!" only Rich- Night increases this fascination. The mond will content a third. And some outer world is vague in the moonlight. could hardly be satisfied short of the hope Objects out of our ranks are lost. I see of a breakfast in Montgomery.
only glimmering steel and glittering butWhat a happy thousand were the line- tons and the light-stepping forms of my companies ! How their suppressed ardors comrades. Our array and our step constirred! No want of fight in these lads! nect us. We move as one man. A man They may be rather luxurious in their made up of a thousand members and each habits, for camp-life. They may be a member a man is a grand creature,-parlittle impatient of restraint. They may ticularly when you consider that he is have - as the type regiment of militia — self-made. And the object of this selfthe type faults of militia on service. But made giant, men-man, is to destroy anotha desire to dodge a fight is not one of er like himself, or the separate pigmy these faults.
members of another such giant. We have Every man in camp was merry, except failed to put ourselves-heads, arms, legs, two hundred who were grim. These were and wills-together as a unit for any purthe two artillery companies, ordered to re- pose so thoroughly as to snuff out a simimain in guard of our camp. They swore lar unit. Up to 1861, it seems that the as if Camp Cameron were Flanders. business of war compacts men best.
I by rights belonged with these male- Well, the Seventh, a compact projeccontent and objurgating gentlemen; but tile, was now flinging itself along the road a chronicler has privileges, and I got leave to Washington. Just a month ago, “in to count myself into the Eighth Company, such a night as this,” we made our first my old friend Captain Shumway’s. We promenade through the enemy's country. were to move, about midnight, in light The moon of Annapolis, — why should marching order, with one day's rations. we not have our ominous moon, as those
It has been always full moon at our other fellows had their sun of Austerlitz ? camp. This night was full moon at its – the moon of Annapolis shone over us. fullest, - a night more perfect than all No epithets are too fine or too compliperfection, mild, dewy, refulgent. At mentary for such a luminary, and there one o'clock the drum beat; we fell into was no dust under her rays. ranks, and marched quietly off through So we pegged along to Washington the shadowy trees of the lane, into the and across Washington, -- which at that highway.
point consists of Willard's Hotel, few other buildings being in sight. A hag
in a nightcap reviewed us from an upper ACROSS THE LONG BRIDGE.
window as we tramped by. I HAVE heretofore been proud of my Opposite that bald block, the Washindividuality, and resisted, so far as one ington Monument, and opposite what
was of more importance to us, a drove Roads and bridges are making themof beeves putting beef on their bones in selves of importance and shining up inthe seedy grounds of the Smithsonian In- to sudden renown in these times. The stitution, we were halted while the New Long Bridge has done nothing hitherto Jersey brigade — some three thousand of
except carry passengers on its back them—trudged by, receiving the compli- across the Potomac. Hucksters, plantmentary fire of our line as they passed. ers, dry-goods drummers, Members of New Jersey is not so far from New York Congress, et ea genera omnia, have here but that the dialects of the two can un- gone and come on their several mercederstand each other. Their respective nary errands, and, as it now appears, slangs, though peculiar, are of the same some sour little imp — the very reverse genus. By the end of this war, I trust of a “sweet little cherub" - took toll of that these distinctions of locality will be every man as he passed, - a heavy toll, quite annulled.
namely, every man's whole store of PaWe began to feel like an army as these triotism and Loyalty. Every man — thousands thronged by us.
- who passed the Long Bridge evidently a movement in force. We was stripped of his last dollar of Amor rested an hour or more by the road. Patriæ, and came to Washington, or Mounted officers galloping along down went home, with a waistcoat-pocket full the lines kept up the excitement. of bogus in change. It was our business
At last we had the word to fall in now to open the bridge and see it clear, again and march. It is part of the sim- and leave sentries along to keep it perple perfection of the machine, a regi- manently free for Freedom. ment, that, though it drops to pieces for There is mile of this Long Bridge. a rest, it comes together instantly for We seemed to occupy the whole length a start, and nobody is confused or delay- of it, with our files opened to diffuse the ed. We moved half a mile farther, and weight of our column. We were not presently a broad pathway of reflected now the tired and sleepy squad which moonlight shone up at us from the Poto- just a moon ago had trudged along the mac.
railroad to the Annapolis Junction, lookNo orders, at this, came from the ing up a Capital and a Government, Colonel, “ Attention, battalion! Be sen
perhaps lost. timental !” Perhaps privates have no By the time we touched ground across right to perceive the beautiful. But the the bridge, dawn was breaking, — a good sections in my neighborhood murmured omen for poor old sleepy Virginia. The admiration. The utter serenity of the moon, as bright and handsome as night was most impressive. Cool and
new twenty-dollar piece, carried herself quiet and tender the moon shone upon straight before us, - a splendid oriour ranks. She does not change her flamme. visage, whether it be lovers or burglars Lucky is the private who marches or soldiers who use her as a lantern to with the van! It may be the post of their feet.
more danger, but it is also the post of The Long Bridge thus far has been less dust. My throat, therefore, and my merely a shabby causeway with water- eyes and beard, wore the less Southern ways and draws. Shabby,– let me here soil when we halted half a mile beyond pause to say that in Virginia shabbiness the bridge, and let sunrise overtake us. is the grand universal law, and neatness Nothing men can do - except picnics, the spasmodic exception, attained in rare with ladies in straw flats with feathers spots, an con beyond their Old Domin- is so picturesque as soldiering. As soon
as the Seventh balt anywhere, or move The Long Bridge has thus far been anywhere, or camp anywhere, they rea totally unhistoric and prosaic bridge. solve themselves into a grand tableau.
Their own ranks should supply their own where the highway bends from west to Horace Vernet. Our groups were never
south. The works were intended to more entertaining than at this halt by serve as an advanced tête du pont, the roadside on the Alexandria road. bridge-head, with a very long neck conStacks of guns make a capital framework necting it with the bridge. That fine old for drapery, and red blankets dot in the Fabius, General Scott, had no idea of lights most artistically. The fellows lined flinging an army out broadcast into Virthe road with their gay array, asleep, on ginia, and, in the insupposable case that the rampage, on the lounge, and nibbling it turned tail, leaving it no defended pasat their rations.
sage to run away by. By-and-by, when my brain had taken This was my first view of a field-work in as much of the picturesque as it could in construction, — also, my first hand as stand, it suffered the brief congestion a laborer at a field-work. I knew glaknown as a nap. I was suddenly awaked cis and counterscarp on paper; also, on by the rattle of a horse's hoofs. Before I paper, superior slope, banquette, and the had rubbed my eyes the rider was gone. other dirty parts of a redoubt. Here His sharp tidings had stayed behind him. they were, not on paper. A slight woodEllsworth was dead,- so he said hurried- en scaffolding determined the shape of ly, and rode on. Poor Ellsworth! a fel- the simple work; and when I arrived, low of genius and initiative! He had still a thousand Jerseymen were working, so much of the boy in him, that he rattled not at all like Jerseymen, with picks, forward boyishly, and so died. Si monu- spades, and shovels, cutting into Virginia, mentum requiris, look at his regiment digging into Virginia, shovelling up VirIt was a brilliant stroke to levy it; and ginia, for Virginia's protection against if it does worthily, its young Colonel will pseudo-Virginians. not have lived in vain.
I swarmed in for a little while with As the morning hours passed, we learn- our Paymaster, picked a little, spaded a ed that we were the rear-guard of the left little, shovelled a little, took a hand to my wing of the army advancing into Vir- great satisfaction at earth-works, and for ginia. The Seventh, as the best organ- my efforts I venture to suggest that Jerized body, acted as reserve to this force. sey City owes me its freedom in a box, It didn't wish to be in the rear; but such and Jersey State a basket of its finest is the penalty of being reliable for an Clicquot. emergency Fellow-soldier, be a scala- Is my gentle reader tired of the short wag, be a bashi-bazouk, be a Billy-Wil- marches and frequent halts of the Sevsoneer, if you wish to see the fun in the enth ? Remember, gentle reader, that
you must be schooled by such alphabetiWhen the road grew too hot for us, on cal exercises to spell bigger words — skiraccount of the fire of sunshine in our mish, battle, defeat, rout, massacre — byrear, we jumped over the fence into the and-by. Race-Course, a big field beside us, and Well, — to be Xenophontic, — from the there became squatter sovereigns all Race-Course that evening we marched day. I shall be a bore, if I say again one stadium, one parasang, to a cedarwhat a pretty figure we cut in this mili- grove up the road. In the grove is a tary picnic, with two long lines of blan- spring worthy to be called a fountain, kets draped on bayonets for parasols. and what I determined by infallible indi
The New Jersey brigade were mean- cations to be a lager-bier saloon. Saloon while doing workie work on the ridge no more! War is no respecter of localijust beyond us. The road and railroad ties. Be it Arlington House, the seedy to Alexandria follow the general course palace of a Virginia Don,- be it the humof the river southward along the level. bler, but seedy, pavilion where the tired This ridge to be fortified is at the point Teuton washes the dust of Washington