Like Grass before the Scythe: The Life and Death of Sgt William Remmel 121st NY Infantry
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night. But it was not my fortune to go to sleep early that night, for I had scarcely laid down ere one of my teeth began to ache terribly and it was not till near midnight that I closed my eyes for sleep. A soldier, when he feels pain, has but to bear it until it is over. There is no mother or sister to call to in the army, so the soldier contents himself by keeping his feelings to himself. But I must not dwell here. Next morning early found us on the move again and by noon we found ourselves on
if they choose to, or give them back their slaves and high ofﬁces and tell them to come back; but enough of this.73 Was sorry to learn, from Augustus’ letter, that father had been so dangerously ill. I thought it very strange that I had received no letters from him. This explains it, but he (Augustus) stated that he was getting better slowly, so that I feel hopeful that he will get along. Our family has always been so free from sickness that it seems strange to us that we are sometimes afﬂicted.
Brockett’s Bridge, near the town of Manheim, and worked as a carpenter and joiner. Service Records, microcopy 551, roll 71; Gazetteer and Business Directory of Herkimer County, New York, 1869–1870. Notes to Pages 24–29 / 145 Chapter 2 1. Alphonzo Casler is listed as a corporal on the company muster rolls beginning in January and February 1863. He was killed in action on May 3, 1863, at the battle of Salem Church. William Remmel to Parents, May 5, 1863, Remmel Papers, folder 3; Service Records,
29, 1864. OR Supplement, 46:506. 10. Hartwell reported that in early February 1864 two regiments of Mississippi troops attempted to desert en masse but were forced to remain within Confederate lines. In addition, he reported that a squad of Georgians came within Union lines and signed the Oath of Allegiance. Britton and Reed, To My Beloved Wife, 194. 11. Remmel may be referring to Pvt. Edgar H. Spencer of the Oneida Indepen- 158 / Notes to Pages 87–92 dent Company of New York Cavalry. This
suppose, have been occasioned by a severe hailstorm, which set in early this morning and has continued up to the time that I am writing. But it is rumored in camp that we start again today, but the truth of this I doubt and hope that I may see this impression conﬁrmed.24 I am as usual in good health, though have been in the possession of a sure cold for the last week, which also not as yet loosens its hoarseness. With this exception I am well as ever, which you know cannot be excelled, and I am