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 around. The soldiers have no camp equipage and are obliged to bivouac in the open air, which is not the pleasantest thing in the world, considering the fact that it has rained nearly the whole time for twenty-four hours; but the men, nothing disheartened,​ built wigwams of boughs, and those not actually on guard tumbled into these sieve-like dens and bore it as best they could. But thanks to fortune the glorious sun shines forth this morning, lighting up one of the finest landscape any where to be seen, bringing with it warm rays, joy and happiness to the soldiers as they sit around the camp fires, discussing bread, beef, coffee, and the state of the Union. around. The soldiers have no camp equipage and are obliged to bivouac in the open air, which is not the pleasantest thing in the world, considering the fact that it has rained nearly the whole time for twenty-four hours; but the men, nothing disheartened,​ built wigwams of boughs, and those not actually on guard tumbled into these sieve-like dens and bore it as best they could. But thanks to fortune the glorious sun shines forth this morning, lighting up one of the finest landscape any where to be seen, bringing with it warm rays, joy and happiness to the soldiers as they sit around the camp fires, discussing bread, beef, coffee, and the state of the Union.
  
-This is most like a "​soldier'​s life" of anything we have experienced since we left home; for there is something romantic and bewitching in this open field life, seeking food and sleep where accident or fortunte nay lead us. Our quarters are about half a mile from the relay House, which is a favorite watering place in summer; and within the lines of the camp is stationed a detachment of the Boston Light Artillery, 107 me, with six field pieces commanding the railroad; and nothing in the shape of stores is allowed to pass over the Baltimore and Ohio R. R. without being inspected by the troops, for which purpose three companies of the Sixth have been detailed for taht especial duty. Already they have seized large quantities of provisions and arms destined for Virginia. Gen. Butler has has quarters at the Relay House, which is in possession of Government troops, he has visited the quarters of our Regiment and told the men they were to have three meals a day. The intelligence as might be expected was received with rounds of applause. This is a very important post, and I understand it is the intention of the Government to hold it for a time at least.+This is most like a "​soldier'​s life" of anything we have experienced since we left home; for there is something romantic and bewitching in this open field life, seeking food and sleep where accident or fortune may lead us. Our quarters are about half a mile from the relay House, which is a favorite watering place in summer; and within the lines of the camp is stationed a detachment of the Boston Light Artillery, 107 men, with six field pieces commanding the railroad; and nothing in the shape of stores is allowed to pass over the Baltimore and Ohio R. R. without being inspected by the troops, for which purpose three companies of the Sixth have been detailed for that especial duty. Already they have seized large quantities of provisions and arms destined for Virginia. Gen. Butler has has quarters at the Relay House, which is in possession of Government troops, he has visited the quarters of our Regiment and told the men they were to have three meals a day. The intelligence as might be expected was received with rounds of applause. This is a very important post, and I understand it is the intention of the Government to hold it for a time at least.
  
 The eighth N. Y. Regiment is just back of us and a few rods distant; there are in all about two thousand troops at this place. One of the soldiers of the 8th N. Y. Regiment accidentally shot himself yesterday, and was buried at sunset last night. The funeral procession was a sad and solemn sight; as the funeral train passed slowly by our camp the soldiers formed in line and removing their hats stood silently viewing the melancholy spectacle. It was one of the most solemn sights I ever witnessed. Presently the notes of the muffled drum ceased, and we heard the farewell shot discharged over the grave where they had laid him. Almost a fatal accident happened in our camp yesterday. One of the men was a poisoned by eating some food sent from Baltimore containing strychnine; although it is possible he will recover, yet he had a narrow escape, which he probably owes to the fact that he took an over dose of the poison, besides having prompt medical assistance. The eighth N. Y. Regiment is just back of us and a few rods distant; there are in all about two thousand troops at this place. One of the soldiers of the 8th N. Y. Regiment accidentally shot himself yesterday, and was buried at sunset last night. The funeral procession was a sad and solemn sight; as the funeral train passed slowly by our camp the soldiers formed in line and removing their hats stood silently viewing the melancholy spectacle. It was one of the most solemn sights I ever witnessed. Presently the notes of the muffled drum ceased, and we heard the farewell shot discharged over the grave where they had laid him. Almost a fatal accident happened in our camp yesterday. One of the men was a poisoned by eating some food sent from Baltimore containing strychnine; although it is possible he will recover, yet he had a narrow escape, which he probably owes to the fact that he took an over dose of the poison, besides having prompt medical assistance.
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