from the May 11th, 1863 edition of The Detroit Advertiser and Tribune,
page 4, column 5.
SCHAFFER, near Murfreesboro, Tenn..
May 1st, 1863.
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.
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.
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.
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
brigade is now commanded by Brigadier General Lytle. He received the brigade
last week. He is much liked by all.
sanitary condition of the Twenty-First is A No. 1. but few are sick in the
Regimental Hospital at present.
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.
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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