Article from the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune May29, 1863, page 1, column 8

From The Twenty-First Infantry.

Hot Weather - In good Health - Under Marching Orders - A Shooting Match between Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Michigan Carries off the Prize.

Special Coor. Advertiser and Tribune

Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 21, 1863.

To-day opportunity offers me to send you a few lines from the 21st Regiment Michigan Infantry, as friends at home might be anxious concerning us, during this excesseively hot weather here in Tennessee, where wust the sun fails to burn up during the day the night will almost freeze.

The general health of the boys is good, perhaps never better, and all are ready, willing and anxious to participate in whatever the future may bring forth.

Today all is excitement. We are under marching orders at one minute's notice. Some half dozen or so of the boys who were unable to bear the fatigues of a hard march, have been sent to the convalescent camp. All surplus of baggage, camp equipment, and everything that can be dispensed with, has been sent off. With our company teams, six days rations and shelter tents, we stand obedient to the call, ready to march through heat or cold, day or night. Wherever our Colonel leads, we are pledged to follow, be that to victory or death. He has been twice weighed in the scale, both on the Potomac and Cumberland, and found not wanting.

Today ten of Colt's revolving rifles were presented to the Brigade, designed for that regiment which should win them on a trial of marksmanship, at two hundred yards, string-shot. The 21st Michigan, 88h Illinois 36th Illinois, and 24th Wisconsin joined in the contest, in the presence of Maj. Gen. Sherman and staff, Brig. Gen. Litel and staff, and the Colonels of the competing regiments. The four regimental commanders had the privilege of selecting one more from each of the ten companies who were to test their skill by regiments, the ten best shots claiming the prize.

At 12 o'clock, noon, the work began, with suppressed but most intense excitement on the part of the boys. In most profound silence each shot was made, until the sharp ring of the rifle told the work was done: and, to the utter astonishment of our Illinois and Wisconsin friends, the Michigan boys carried off the prize. A number of most excellent shots were made by our boys, but C. W. Clark, of Company A., won the prize for all.



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