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From "Ours: Annals of the 10th Regiment, Massachussetts Volunteers, in the Rebellion" (1875)

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TUESDAY, MAY 6. (1862)

Up at the first ray of light, and cooked a scanty meal of coffee and hard bread... As soon as it was light enough to fully distinguish objects, the Tenth marched to Fort Magruder, which they found deserted by the enemy. A camp was at once established, in the immediate neighborhood. It seemed as if most of the dead and wounded rebels belonged to the Fifth North Carolina and Twenty-fourth Virginia. The log barracks, built the enemy, were used to keep our prisoners in, of which we had a large number. All the houses and the barns in the neighborhood were filled with the wounded of both armies. The Carolina prisoners were an ignorant set, and many, when asked if they could read or write, answered that they "hadn't any book larnin" they had no particular uniform, unless being uniformly ragged and dirty could be called such. The Virginians were more intelligent and better dressed. Our bands have been playing their liveliest strains to-day, making it more cheerful, as since our arrival at Warwick, not a drum, bugle, or any musical instrument has been heard.

Reference: Captain Joseph Keith Newel (Ed) (1875). "Ours: Annals of the 10th Regiment, Massachussetts Volunteers, in the Rebellion. Springfield, Mass., 1875.

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