Saturday, May 29, 2010

Establishing a picket post

Today at Brandy Station: May 29, 1863

From the diary of Corporal Henry S. Seage, Co E. 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

"Regt. started this morn (from Hartwood Church) about 7 o’clock A.M. and went to Kelly’s Ford on the Rappahannock River. Pitched our Tents on a line and prepared for a general Camp. Awful tired & Sore. Phil and myself went after Boards & Sacking to the Old Camp."

Two days later (Sunday - May 31), Henry wrote that they didn't have Divine service due to three companies on picket, but he spent some time swimming and fishing with almost the entire company.

Confederate Cavalry was picketing on the south side of Kelly's Ford. I wonder how many jumped in along with the Michiganders...

The photo is a modern look at Hartwood Church, which I took last summer.

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