Three Years in the Sixth Corps A Concise Narrative of Events in the Army of the Potomac, from 1861 to the Close of the Rebellion, April, 1865 by George T. (George Thomas) Stevens
A NEW REGIMENT GOES TO THE WAR.
Organization of the Seventy-seventh N. Y. V.-Departure from Saratoga-Greetings by the way-New emotions-The noble dead-On board the Knickerbocker-At New York-Presentation of flags-Beauties of monopoly-Hospitality of Philadelphia-Incidents on the route-Arrival at Washington-In camp.
Our regiment was organized at Saratoga Springs, the historic scene of the battle of Bemis Heights and the surrender of Burgoyne-hence its name, "The Bemis Heights Battalion." Hon. Jas. B. McKean, then member of congress, a gentleman of well known patriotism, was made our Colonel. We left our rendezvous on the 26th of November, 1861, Thanksgiving day, having been mustered into the United States service three days before.
As the long train of cars bore us from the station at Saratoga Springs, the thousands who had gathered to witness our departure united in cheer after cheer until all the groves and vales of that charming resort rang with the echoes of the tumultuous shouting.
The thousand brave fellows, who were about to try the stern realities of war, were by no means backward in replying to these hearty expressions of good wishes. Long after we had lost sight of the lovely village, the shouts of the multitude could be heard and the hills rang again with the responding cheers of those in the cars. At each station, as we passed, crowds of people pressed to greet us, and loud and long were the cheers that bade us "God speed."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book reads very much like a speech. It recounts the events and battles particular to the famed 6th Corps. The author generally writes at the brigade level. His insights have been included in many other later histories.