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Personal Recollections of the War

Excerpt from Personal Recollections of the War: A Record of Service With the Ninety-Third New York Vol; Infantry and the First Brigade, First Division, Second Corps, Army of the Potomac Rich vied with poor to prove their American manhood, and enrolled their names side by side on the recruiting lists which were open on every hand. Company by company they marched to the camps of instruction and there formed into regiments in which they were to win a deathless fame, but not until they had been taught the rudiments of the science of destructive war. None were yet educated enough to know why they could not at once march on to sweep from the face of the land the hosts which were organizing to oppose what they thought must be an ever victorious march, from which the should quickly return, clothed in a halo of glory, and welcomed by the plaudits of the grateful country, which was supposed to be ready to crown them with the victors laurels, as its conquering heroes. The writer shared in the aspirations and patriotic ardor of many of his fellows, and early in the fall of 1861 became one of the multitude of which was sung: "We are coming, Father Abraham, Three hundred thousand more." Having opened an office for the practice of law in Whitehall, Washington County, N. Y., early in the spring, and beginning to see a practice opening before him, it was something of a sacrifice, but youthful blood and patriotic desire were the stronger, and the call was obeyed. A county convention was called and held at Argyle, where, after brisk, stirring and patriotic speeches, it was resolved to raise a regiment to represent the County of Washington, New York, in the war, and John S. Crocker, of Cambridge was selected to recruit, organize and command the regiment. The holding of this convention was the only step taken by the count to forward the cause, and it made no appropriation of means, nor did it give any financial assistance to those who commenced the labor of recruiting for the "Washington County regiment." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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