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Ohio Camps of Muster
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Michael Harrison Grose
Mar 11, 2021
I would love to see one made for Pennsylvania. I know Camp Curtin was in large a main camp, but I am sure there were more. It would make for a good book if one could piece together every camp in every state along with the details like you've got here with each unit. I know in NC there was a main camp in Raleigh, but many regiments were mustered in other places. Greensboro, I believe was a spot. Right on the Railroad to Wilmington. In a book about the 34th NC, "The Cry is War, War, War!" there are letters & diary entries that explain how the regiment was formed. I'm from Cleveland County here in NC & out of the 8-9 companies, two were from Cleveland County, two or three were from Rutherford County, & one each from Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Ashe, Lincoln & Rowan counties. Interesting how they organized the regiments on both sides. In many cases, the South couldn't replenish the losses like the Union since the North had a vast population. I believe, after a campaign or battle, when regiments & brigades needed to be reorganized, the South would merge while the Union, in a lot of cases, would bring new recruits in. A vast facet of the war for me is the life at camps. Not just the camps during the campaigns or during the winter, but the ones like you've mapped out. There is a lot of room for the imagination to wonder about how life would have been like at the initial camps, joining up, being sent off with your Royer Tent, I believe Royer was the standard for the North. Ohio was a prominent state for soldiers in the war for sure; interesting to know the state provided the most soldiers only behind New York & Pennsylvania. I recently read a small bit on the Copperhead issue in Ohio & how it was dealt with. Really cool man!
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Michael Harrison Grose
Mar 07, 2021
@Jon Yuengling Yes. I would enjoy that.
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Pea Ridge Podcast - Ed Bearss Article
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Importance of the 7 Days Battles
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Michael Harrison Grose
Feb 25, 2021
July 8 /62 This is a letter by Francis Barlow to his brother, Edward, after the Peninsular Campaign. The Link to the original letter & page: https://www.masshist.org/database/2203?ft=Massachusetts%20in%20the%20Civil%20War,%201861-1862&from=/features/massachusetts-in-the-civil-war-1861-1862/peninsula-campaign A link to the MA Historical Society regarding this letter: https://www.masshist.org/features/massachusetts-in-the-civil-war-1861-1862/peninsula-campaign (Please be aware that this is transcribed from the original letter so the text below is broken up in lines that are peculiar to the eye) My dear Edward Your letter of July 2nd with enclosures reached me day before yesterday & is the last letter I have recd from home. I have already written several letters & in the last one gave quite a long account of the late proceed- ings. We are lying here still & the weather is the hottest I have ever known. One can do nothing else but be perfectly still in bed & hardly can survive that. I see considerably of Ezra Ripley. He is very much disgusted with his Regt. & the service in gerenal & last night resigned. I do not be- lieve they will accept his resig- nation & it will hurt his reputa- tion to resign at this time. Be as- sured that I am eagerly watching my opportunity to get out of it but it is not just now the time to do it. I have recommended Miles to be Lt. Col. & if he's appointed & there is no imme- diate protest of an action I may possibly be able to get a furlough. I have only 149 men in the Regt. who are fit for duty. 58 sick & 32 drummers, non com- battants &c. I have 11 Officers here of whom 4 are sick. If I can't resign I should like to get a postition as Inspector Gener-al or something of that kind. I am thoroughly disgusted with our Generals & think we had better give up the struggle at once unless we can have a radical change. You have no idea of the imbecillity of management both in action & out of it. McClellan issues flaming addresses though every- one in the army knows he was outwitted & has lost confidence in him. His statements that he lost no ma- terials of war or ammunition are simply false. I believe that this Army properly handled could march into Richmond even now, but with our present Generals never. We are surprised to learn from the New York papers that we gained a great victory. We thought here that we had made a disastrous retreat leaving all our dead & wounded & many prisoners & material & munitions of war in the hands of the enemy - though it is true that the men by hard fighting often temporarily repulsed the enemy - all this is strictly private. Did I tell you that in the midst of the hottest shelling I saw Willie Storer who is in Genl Palmer's staff. It was he who afterwards brought me the order to go in to the fight of Tuesday Evening. You do not tell me whether R- has got Tobins place. Has he? I am very sorry you find it so dull, but if you were here you would heartily wish yourself back in New York though I know my dear brother, how hard a life you have. Why don't you go up & see the Townsends & write to Mrs. Meagher after asking if she has had any late news from the Army & perhaps they will then repeat their invitation. Erza Ripley has just been in & is going to get a sick leave instead of resigning. No packages have yet come by Ex- press from the Fort but I expect them up in a day or two. There is a breeze today & it is cooler. I am going down to the River to see if I can find Arabella whom I expect on one of the Sanitary Boats. When it gets a little Cooler I shall ride round & see what of my friends were killed & wounded. Your affectionate brother (I got a little carried away tonight researching a bit here & there about the campaign)
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A Question & A Couple of Books
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