All For The Union: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

All For The Union: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Language: English

Pages: 255

ISBN: 0517584271

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

All for the Union is the eloquent and moving diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union Army as a private in 1861 and left it four years later as a 23-year-old lieutenant colonel after fighting hard and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. Anyone who heard these diaries excerpted on the PBS-TV series The Civil War will recognize his accounts of those campaigns, which remain outstanding for their clarity and detail. Most of all, Rhodes's words reveal the motivation of a common Yankee foot soldier, an otherwise ordinary young man who endured the rigors of combat and exhausting marches, short rations, fear, and homesickness for a salary of $13 a month and the satisfaction of giving "all for the union."

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and is not worth much. Here we remained until midnight of the 19th when we moved to Williamsport. It was reported that the Rebels were here in force. After forming our lines the entire Division moved on the town with flags flying. It was a grand sight to see our long lines extending through fields and woods, hills and dales, make this advance. Picket or skirmish firing was going on in front, but after marching some distance we halted. Several were killed in the Division and many wounded. Sunday

matters of religion. We have had no Chaplain for many months and consequently no regular services. Our last Chaplain never did any good in the Regiment. About three weeks ago three of our men who are Christians attended a religious meeting at one of the camps in Gen. Wheaton’s Brigade. On the way home they kneeled down in the woods and prayed that God bless our Regiment. The next week six of them met for prayer, and last week about thirty were present. Tonight I was invited to join them. I

Chaplain Ethan Ray Clarke 1st R.I. Cavalry Prayer Chaplain Daniel C. Roberts 4th Vermont Vols. Benediction Chaplain Norman Fox 77th N.Y. Vols. Gen. Eustis and many other officers were present. We have organized a Union Church with chaplain John D. Beugless as Pastor. We have to start 26 members. We have also organized a Sunday School, and Adjutant Elisha H. Rhodes is Superintendent. Lieut. John M. Turner has a class of contrabands, mostly servants to the officers. We hope to do much good in

back. About two o’clock Monday morning 1st Inst, we were ordered to retire to the second line. Such a time as we had. We got lost and would go a little way when the Rebels would fire, and we would start in another direction. After hours of running about in the dark we found our way into our lines and worked all day fortifying our position under the fire of the Rebel Batteries. Battery E., R.I.L.A. came into position near our Regt and soon caused the Rebels to cease firing. Genl Sedgwick rode out

that we were worshipping our Master. The pastor announced that “This is a loyal church” and invited all Christians to remain for the communion service. We remained and partook with the others, both citizens and soldiers. The pastor prayed for the President of the United States and for the success of the Union Armies. Camp Russell, Kernstown, Va., Nov. 30/64—Home again in camp with a cheerful fire blazing and very happy with my comfortable surroundings. We left Martinsburg early yesterday morning

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