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“War Record” of William F. LeMunyon

…The next morning, Sept. 18th, 1862, we marched all day toward Annapolis and at night encamped without any supper in a clover field and it rained nearly all night. I wished myself at home again.

Next morning about sunrise we started on the march again, Sept. 19th, marched all day until sundown without anything to eat except some half ripe peaches. I stopped at a farm house and bought a quart of milk of a lady and gave her a 3c postage stamp for it as I had no change. I drank the milk and felt quite strong again. We lay down by the side of the road that night.

Next morning, September 20th, we got a slice of bacon and two hard tack apiece; that was all that we had for breakfast, dinner and supper.

That night brought us to a village called Ellicott city in Maryland.

September 21st, got some rations from the quartermaster and marched to a place called the Relay House at the Junction of the Baltimore and Washington railroad. Camped beside the road all night. September 22nd marched to Annapolis Junction without rations. Here we drew some hard tack. Left there about 4 oclock in afternoon of the 22nd and marched until sundown, Encamped in a field near a 50-acre tobacco field and such an abundance of peaches I never saw before, but were not ripe enough to eat

September 25rd started for Annapolis about 15 miles away. Arrived at parole camp in the woods about 5 oclock; here we got all we wanted to eat and lay down and slept until morning on the grass in the woods. …

“War Record” of William F. LeMunyon
Civil War Document Collection
U. S. Army Heritage and Education Center

Penn-Yan Democrat, September 26, 1862

An EXTRACT of a letter from Capt. BURRILL, Co. A, 126th Reg't N, Y. S. V., dated,

“ELLICOTTSVILLE, MD, Sept. 20, 1862.

“I have a moment and but a moment to write. We left Frederick Thursday morning, on our way to Anapolis. We have had to foot it all the way from Harper's Ferry to this place, which is about 70 miles, and the Reg't must go on to Anapolis. I am detailed to the charge of the sick, who number about 150, sore footed and all. I was never more healthy and tough in my life than I am at present. I don't knew what they will do with us when we got to Annapolis, but I see in this morning's Baltimore paper they are going to send us West to fight the Indians. I also saw an article from the York Times, which says the 126th behaved shamefully. This is an infamous falsehood of the barest dye. Our regiment was in the advance all thy time, and held the most important position all that day, and it was in the advance when our Colonel was wounded, from which we fear he will never recover. You will see the truth published as soon as we get into camp.”


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