The services required of the new troops were especially severe. By day they were schooled in the manual of arms, in the school of the company, in the school of the regiment, and in service pertaining to camp and routine life. Besides these duties, they were placed on the picket and vedette lines, - positions which should only have been entrusted to veteran troops. The picket lines on this front were in such proximity that at one post the Union vedette sat at one end of a log and the Confederate vedette sat at the other end of it. Of course such conditions only lasted during the period when there was a tacit understanding that there should be no firing without due notice given by both sides, but at all times the commotion of camp life, such as the bugle calls, the playing of the band, and the singing at Divine services, could be distinctly heard by the men on the advanced posts.
Most of the officers in the several regiments were well schooled in their military duties, and the men were soon in commendable military shape. The sanitation of the camps was very bad. Typhoid fever became epidemic. At least one-third of all the men were sent to the hospitals, and this nu merical weakening of the ranks added greatly to the work of those who re mained fit for duty. It was not uncommon for the men who had been on duty all night to be ordered out at 4 p. M. On the following day to perform the same service again.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - Pennsylvania; Battlefield Commission of Third Division
Published Date - September 02 2019
ISBN - 9781528352970
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm
Page Count - 146
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