Intro DEDICATION. PREFACE. CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. THE TOCSIN OF WAR. The Four Parties Their Candidates Freedom of Speech Abridged Secession Decreed Lincoln Elected Oh, for Andrew Jackson! Exit Buchanan "Long-heeled Abolitionists" and "Black Republicans" "Wide-awakes" and "Rail-splitters Copperheads The Misunderstanding Northern Doughfaces Loyal Men of All Parties Unite The First Rally Preparation in the Bay State and in Other States Her War Governor Showing the White Feather The Memorable Fifteenth of April The Sweet Little Man" Parting Scenes The Three-Months' Men. CHAPTER II. ENLISTING. The President's Error Three Years Unless Sooner Discharged How Volunteer Companies were Raised Filling the Quotas What General Sherman Says Recruiting Offices Advertisements for Recruits A War Meeting in Roxbury A Typical War Meeting in the Country A Small-Sized Patriot Signing the Roll The Medical Examination Off for Camp The Red, White, and Blue CHAPTER III. HOW THE SOLDIERS WERE SHELTERED. The Distinction Noted Between the Militia and the U. S. Volunteers The Oath of Muster Barracks Described Sibley or Bell Tents A or Wedge Tents Spooning Stockading Hospital or Wall Tents Dog or Shelter Tent Described Chumming Pitching Shelters Stockaded Shelters Fireplaces Chimneys Door Plates Willard's Hotel" Hole in the Wall" Mortars and Mortar Shelling before Petersburg CHAPTER IV. LIFE IN TENTS. Life in a Sibley The Stove The Pastimes Postage Stamps as Money Soldier's Letter Nary Red" Illustrated Envelopes Army Reading The Recluse Evenings of Sociability Pipe and Ring Making Home Gossip Music and the Contrabands War Song Revived. The "Mud March" Prayer CHAPTER V. LIFE IN LOG HUTS. The Plan of a Camp Inside a Stockade The Bunks The Arrangement of the Furniture Æsthetic Dish-washing Lighting by Candles and Slush Lamps Candlesticks Night-Gowns and Night-Caps The Shelters in a Rain I. C." Insect Life Pediculus Vestimenti, the Old-time Grayback Not a Respecter of Rank The First Grayback Found (K)nitting Work "Skirmishing" Boiling Water the Sovereign Balm Cleanliness The Versatile Mess-Kettles No Magee Ranges Supplied the Soldiers Washerwomen No "Boiled Shirts" Darning and Mending Government Socks Cooks Green Pine as Fuel Camp Barbers Future Tacticians CHAPTER VI. JONAHS AND BEATS. The Jonah as a Guardsman A Midnight Uproar Put him in the Guard-house The Jonah Spills Pea-Soup, and Coffee, and Ink Always Cooking Steps on the Rails Tableau Jonah as a Wood-chopper Beats The Beat as a Fireman Without Water, and Rations, and Money His Letters Containing Money always Miscarry Allotments The Beat as a Guard Dodger His Corporal Does the Duty As a Fatigue Detail Horse-Burying as a Civilizer for Jonahs and Beats The Detail for the Burial The Over-worked Man The Rheumatic Dodge The Sick Man The Chief Mourner The Explosive Man The Paper-Collar Young Man Forward, Grave-diggers! Hurrah! Without the H CHAPTER VII. ARMY RATIONS. Were They Adequate? Their Quality A List of Them What was Included in a Single Ration What was a Marching Ration? Officers' Allowance The "Company Fund" Hardtack Described Its Faults Three in Number Served in Twenty Different Ways Song of the Hardtack Soft Bread" The Capitol as a Bake-house The Ovens at Alexandria and Fort Monroe. Grant's Immense Bake-house at City Point Coffee and Sugar How Dealt Out How Stored Condensed Milk Company Cooks The Coffee-Dipper The Typical Coffee-Boiler Bivouac and Coffee How the Government Beat the Speculators How a Contractor Underbid Himself Fresh Meat How Served Army Frying-Pans Steak from a Steer's Jaw-Bone "Salt Horse" Not a Favorite Dish Salt Pork and its Uses The Army Bean How it was Baked Song of the Army Bean Desiccated Vegetables The Whiskey Ration A Suggestion as to the Inadequacy of the Marching Ration CHAPTER VIII. OFFENCES AND PUNISHMENTS. The Offences Enumerated Back Talk" Absence from Camp without Leave The Punishments The Guard Tent The Black List Its Occupations Buck and Gag The Barrel and its Uses The Crucifixion The Wooden Horse The Knapsack Drill Tied up by the Thumbs The Sweat-Box The Placard The Spare Wheel Log-Lugging Double Guard The Model Regiment Commanders often Tyrants by Nature, or from Effects of Rum, or Ignorance Regiment with Hundreds of Colonels Inactivity Productive of Offences and Punishments Kid-Glove Warfare Drumming out of Camp Rogue's March Ball and Chain Sleeping on Post Desertion Death of a Deserter Described-Death of a Spy Described Bounty-jumpers Amnesty to Deserters Desertion to Enemy Hanging of Three Criminals at Once for this Offence Described Number of Executions in the War CHAPTER IX. A DAY IN CAMP. "ASSEMBLY OF BUGLERS." "TURN OUT!" "ASSEMBLY." How the Men Came into Line A Canteen Wash The Shirks I Can't Get 'Em Up" All Present or Accounted For" Stable Call" Kingly Cannoneers and Spare Horses Breakfast Call" "Sick Call" Fall In for Your Quinine" The Beats again. "Lack of Woman's Nursing" Water Call" Where the Animals were Watered Fatigue Call" What it Included Army Stables The Picket-Rope Mortality of Horses Scarcity of Wood Drill Call" Artillery Drill Standing Gun Drill Battery Manoeuvres Sham Fights Drilling by Bugle Calls "Dinner Call" Retreat" Scolding Time Assembly of Guard" The Reliefs Fun for the Corporal Some of His Trials Next Tent Below" Tattoo" Reminiscences Taps Put out that Light!" Stop that Talking!" CHAPTER X. RAW RECRUITS. A Scrap of Personal History A Parent's Certificate The Lot of a Recruit Abused by the Old Hands Flush with Money A Practical Joke Two Classes of Recruits The Matter-of-fact Recruit a Final Success The High-toned Recruits Their Loud Uniform Scoffers at Government Rations As Hostlers The Awkward Squad The Decline in the Quality of Recruits Men of '61-2 Unschooled Soldiers Hope Deferred One Last Embrace French Leave Furloughs Life in Home Camp Family Knots A Mother's Fond Solicitude Galling Lessons of Obedience Bounties Paid Recruits I'm a Raw Recruit" "The Substitute" CHAPTER XI. SPECIAL RATIONS. BOXES FROM HOME. Sending for a Box A Specimen Address A Typical List of Contents Impatience at its Non-arrival Its Inspection at Headquarters Its Reception at Camp The Opening Box-packing as an Art The Whole Neighborhood Contributes Soldiers Who Had No Boxes The Box of the Selfish Man His Onions We've Drank from the same Canteen" THE ARMY SUTLER His Stock-in-trade His Prices The Commissary Army Fritters Sutler's Pies Sutler's Risks Raiding the Sutler What a Sutler Lost near Brandy Station War Prices in Dixie CHAPTER XII. FORAGING. Strictly Prohibited at First Two Reasons Why The Right and Wrong of It Innocent Sufferers Unauthorized Foragers The Destitution of Some Families The Family Turnout Wantonness at Fredericksburg Authorized Foragers Their Plunder Foraging at Wilcox's Farm Tobacco Foragers The Cavalry in Their Rôle The Infantry Incidents Risks Assumed by Foragers Union Versus Confederate Soldier as a Forager CHAPTER XIII. CORPS AND CORPS BADGES. What was an Army Corps? How the Army of the Potomac was Organized Brigade and Division Formations All quiet along the Potomac" Why don't the Army move?" How Corps were Composed Their Number Corps Badges Their Origin The Kearny Patch Worn First by Officers, then by the Privates Hooker's Scheme of Corps Badges Its Extension to other Armies The Badge of each Army Corps Described CHAPTER XIV. SOME INVENTIONS AND DEVICES OF THE WAR. Improvements in Firearms In War Vessels Catch-penny Devices for the Soldiers Combination Knife, Fork, and Spoon Water Filterers Armor Vests and Greaves Havelocks Revolvers and Dirk Knives High-toned" Haversacks Compact Writing-desks Smoking-caps and the Turkish Fez Hatter's Caps Versus Government Caps The Numbering and Lettering of Knapsacks Haversacks and Canteens How these Equipments Changed Hands CHAPTER XV. THE ARMY MULE Where Raised Where the Government Obtained Them What They were Used for Compared with Horses Mule Fodder How a Mule Team was Composed How it was Driven How Mules were Obtained from the Corral The Black Snake and its Uses An Incident Mule Ears His Pastimes As a Kicker the Original Mugwump What Josh Billings Knows about Him His Kicking Range How He was Shod The Mule as a Singer. Under the Pack-saddle.
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