from the Detroit Advertiser and Tribune May29, 1863, page 1, column 8
The Twenty-First Infantry.
Weather - In good Health - Under Marching Orders - A Shooting Match between
Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Michigan Carries off the Prize.
Advertiser and Tribune
Tenn., May 21, 1863.
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.
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.
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.
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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