All For The Union: The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes

By Elisha Hunt Rhodes

Fascinated with the Union is the eloquent and relocating diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes, who enlisted into the Union military as a personal in 1861 and left it 4 years later as a 23-year-old lieutenant colonel after battling demanding and honorably in battles from Bull Run to Appomattox. someone who heard those diaries excerpted at the PBS-TV sequence The Civil struggle will realize his money owed of these campaigns, which stay striking for his or her readability and element. such a lot of all, Rhodes's phrases show the inducement of a standard Yankee foot soldier, an differently usual younger guy who continued the pains of wrestle and laborious marches, brief rations, worry, and homesickness for a wage of $13 a month and the delight of giving "all for the union."

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This entitles me to the rank and uniform of an immense, yet I shall nonetheless obtain the pay of a Captain except i'm assigned to accountability through the President less than my Brevet fee. i'm very pleased with this new grade, for it's going to turn out to the governor of R. I. that i'm liked by way of the officials less than whom I serve. i'm a little angry on the Governor for treating me as he has and think that when my lengthy provider and command and the flattering suggestions which were despatched to him, that he should deal with me higher. however it is thinking about the Union. the previous day i used to be precise to examine the 82nd Penn. Vols. and had a difficult day’s paintings, because the Regiment is a huge one. we have now simply obtained the inside track of the catch of castle Fisher, N. C. Jany seventeenth 1865—I have this day acquired an order from normal Meade commanding the military of the Potomac granting me eighteen days’ depart of absence, and i'm directed to continue to R. I. on enterprise attached with my Regiment. This company is to aim and get promotions for the enlisted males of the Regiment and to cajole the Governor to ship not more electorate to the second R. I. as officials. be aware: I left camp in entrance of Petersburg on Jany 18th 1865 and proceeded on to my domestic in windfall, R. I. After vacationing my acquaintances I known as on the workplace of Governor Smith who acquired me kindly and after making a number of inquiries in regard to the 2d R. I. requested me: “What am i able to do for you, significant, within the means of advertising? ” I responded that i used to be now not in R. I. for the aim of securing merchandising for myself yet wanted that a few ten or twelve sergeants should still obtain commissions and that he could officer all new businesses raised for the Regiment from the veteran sergeants within the box. After the Governor had defined in regard to the political strain introduced upon him for appointments and we had mentioned many of the questions at size, he agreed to my proposition, and that i gave him an inventory of names of veterans that I wanted to have promoted. This record he despatched to the Adjutant General’s place of work, and that i took the commissions again to the sector with me on my go back. The Governor insisted that anything could be performed for me, and that i then prompt that if he may advertise significant Henry H. younger (serving as leader of Scouts on Gen. Sheridan’s employees) to be Lieutenant Colonel i'd be chuffed to take the location of significant and hold command of the Regiment. This he refused to do, claiming that younger had agreed whilst promoted significant to come back to the Regiment yet had didn't accomplish that. I endeavored to provide an explanation for this topic through pointing out that Gen Sheridan wouldn't relieve significant younger from responsibility upon the employees and that as younger was once a gallant veteran, he ought to not lose his promoting. I left this topic as acknowledged above, yet a number of days sooner than leaving domestic i used to be shocked to obtain from the Adjutant General’s place of work a fee as Lieutenant Colonel for Elisha H. Rhodes within the second R. I. Vols. I instantly known as upon the Governor and instructed him to provide the fee of Lieutenant Colonel to younger and to make me an enormous.

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