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