Article from the August 2nd, 1864 edition of The Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, page 4, column 2.


The 21st Michigan
Chattanooga, Tenn., July 20.

The boys of the 21st are in good health generally. As a matter of course we have some sickness in the regiment but no deaths, nor any that mean to die as long as they can see any of their comrades alive; remittent lever and camp dysentery are the two prevailing affections in camp. They are easily cured. To-day our Adjutant, A. B. Morse, leaves for Michigan. No other officer or member of the regiment could leave it, whose absence would be more deeply regretted.

For some weeks past the weather has been very dry and hot. We are making preparations to procure water from a small mountain lake, some live miles south of us and some 500 or 600 feet below us. Some two or three weeks will be required to do the work.

A few days since, a squad of colored troops brought in a fine lot of rebel prisoners, captured in Lookout Valley, supposed to be a fragment of Pillow’s gang. This is one of the many instances where colored troops wont fight. The southern chivalry, although two to our one, cowed down and surrendered on demand. Their reception here, on delivering up the prisoners, was no less gratifying to them than it was credible to the army.

G.H.B.

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