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|Thirty-seven (Poem) by Private Miles O'Reilly|
About noon, they forded the Potomac and entered Williamsport in a hard, driving rain. There the men stacked arms and built fires to dry their clothing, but there was little or nothing to eat.To warm his men, General Hood kindly ordered that each man be issued a gill (a quarter of a pint) of some captured whiskey. The non-drinkers shared their rations with their less temperate comrades, and, according to Texan John Stevens,
Hood's Brigade as they appeared in May, 1863:
The Ashely Volunteers became part of the glorious 3rd ARK and VanManning their leader!
"Captain Manning, in behalf of the ladies of Hamburg, I present to you and your gallant company, this silken flag. 'Tis a token of the confidence with which we contemplate your energy and lofty patriotism. Long may it wave.' Shield it from the accursed hand of tyranny, until the ruthless weapon of the enemy shall sever the arm which bears it, from the body! Though some may fall in the contest, the South must finally conquer; for right and justice will prevail. Remember that your liberty, your prosperity, your social relations, your future glory,' and even your existence as a free and independent race are endangered!"
"God and our rights, it was their cry.
When your fathers of old went forth to die;
They conquered in death, and so shall we,
Men of the South, ne'er bend the kneel"
"Stand by that flag, 'tis the flag of the Confederate States of America: May it bear the glad tidings of triumph and liberty, when it floats o'er the nation in warl Then, when peace again sheds o'er our country her genial dews -- when you shall have returned as conquerors -- the friends whom you now leave in sadness will greet you with tears of delight; your State will encircle you with here [sic) praise -- her sons will bring their tribute of honor -- her daughters will meet you with smiles of approval -- and you will be hailed as energetic and patriotic men! Your deeds will remain as bright as 'the stars vaulted heavens at night,' and when the dust falls upon your shrouds, you will have living monuments in grateful hearts that will not crumble to decay."
If the only sewing machine you'll allow in your home was made before
the turn of the last century.
If you name your cat "Shiloh" because Manassas, Antietam, and
Appomattox just aren't suitable names for a cat.
If you wear those funny looking glasses all the time.
If you grow your hair and/or beard in 19th century styles.
If your idea of a dream vacation is to go to Andersonville on
If you plan all other activities around re-enacting season.
If April 15 has more significance to you than the deadline for filing
If your "favorite sellers" list on ebay is composed of those who sell
re-enactment supplies and Civil War artifacts.
If you would rather sleep on the ground and suffer from the heat and
cold than spend a weekend at Disneyworld.
If you go to bed at night and fall asleep thinking about how you can
make your impression more realistic.
If you build a firepit in your back yard so you can practice cooking
new recipes over an open fire.
If you go to a lot of garage sales and flea markets looking for
If all of your computer passwords contain the names of Civil War
If you listen to CD's of bugle calls in your vehicle.