Article from the May 11th, 1863 edition of The Detroit Advertiser and Tribune, page 4, column 5.

From the 21st Regiment.

Camp SCHAFFER, near Murfreesboro, Tenn..
May 1st, 1863.

Everything is quiet along the lines, except an occasional skirmish, The rumor of an immediate attack on us by the enemy has no foundation. It would be a sure defeat to the rebels to attach us at Murfreesboro, as it can be held against a greatly superior force. The fortifications at this place are said to be the most perfect in the country.

The Army of the Cumberland has just commenced (to them) a new page in soldiers’ life – living in shelter tents. All our large tents have been marked, packed up and stored, except a few for the use of the field, staff, and line officers, and the hospital, and Quartermaster stores. The shelter tents make rather a novel appearance. We have used them before on picket and on scouts, but now we live in them in camp. They are arranged so as to form divisions, streets between the rows. The Twenty-first moved camp slightly the other day while making the change from wall to shelter tents.

The roster of commissioned officers of the regiment has undergone such a thorough change that it would be well to give a list of the officers now in the regiment. Field officers, Col. Wm. P. McCreary, Lieut. Col. Morris B. Wells, Major Seymour Chase. Staff Officers, Surgeon John Avery, Assistant Surgeon Gilbert H. Beaker, Quartermaster Mark P. Follett, Adjutant A. Benton Morse, - no Chaplain. Line Officers, Co. A, Capt. John Morton and Lieut. Abijah A. Alcott; Co. B, Lieuts. Benton D. Fox and Albert G. Barr; Co. C, Lieuts. Robert P. Robinson and James W. Houghtalin; Co. D, Capt. Edgar W. Smith and Lieut. Thomas G. Stevenson; Co. E, Lieuts. Arthur C. Prince and Charles W. Eaton; Co. F, Capt. Elijah H. Crowell and Lieut. John F. Loase; Co. G, Capt. Harry C. Albee and Lieut. Geo. W. Woodward; Co. H, Capt. Loomis K. Bishop and Lieut. Chas. E. Belknap; Co. I, Capt. James H. Truax and Lieut. George Miner; Co. K, Lieut. John C. Taylor. The strength of the regiment by this morning’s report, is six hundred and twenty one enlisted men; of these three hundred and eight are present.

The difference in the strength of the regiment between last September and now, is accounted for by casualties in battle, death from other causes, and discharged and resignations.

Our brigade is now commanded by Brigadier General Lytle. He received the brigade last week. He is much liked by all.

The sanitary condition of the Twenty-First is A No. 1. but few are sick in the Regimental Hospital at present.

The officers of this regiment have for some time past had a school of instruction, and examination in military tactics. It promises to be a good thing. The non-commissioned officers take an interest in it, and it has spread so that it is a common thing for the men to be seen studying tactics; something not seen in every regiment. Credit our gallant field officers with being at the bottom of it.

The common opinion seems to be that the next series of battles must end the war; that the enemy are not in a condition to hold out much longer, You may hear of some stirring events transpiring here soon.


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