Excerpt from Narrative of the Fall Winter Campaign: By a Private Soldier of the 2nd DIV. 1st Army Corps, Containing a Detailed Description of the "Battle of Fredericksburg," at the Portion of the Line Where the 2nd DIV. Were Engaged
The whole Division, with the exception of s... ome sickness in the l6th Maine which had not yet become acclimated, werein excellent condition, and would hardly have been recognized as the same body of men who reached Hall's Ilill, ragged. Dirty and dispirited on the night of the 2ud of September previous. It has become almost proverbial among the soldiers that marching orders and bad weather come together, and the occasion ot'our leaving Sharpsburg proved no exception to the general rule, for on the 26th of Oct, as we were about striking tents, and packing up to march in accordance with orders received,\ve were visited by aheavy cold rain storm, accompanied by a piercing north-east wind, the first rt ally uncomfortable or disagreea ble weather we had experienced since the battle of Chan tilly on the night of the lst of Sept.
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