Pennsylvania 62nd Infantry Regiment
We were a bunch of boys in Company D, 62nd Penns Infantry. We were called the Elderridge Miss [sic] because we were from a place by that name in the ... of Western Pennsylvania [Elders Ridge is in southern Indiana County where it borders with Armstrong County] where Donaldson preached the gospel according to John Calvin and owned and conducted a school for boys called [Elders Ridge] Academy. We were the first bunch to answer the call to war from that community. We had some difficulty getting to the front. We were held for several weeks in Pittsburgh because more boys answered than the Government called.
After the Battle of Bull Run had been fought and lost there was a hurry up call for us and we were soon ... Washington and across the Potomac ... the hills of Virginia. There we were made into seasoned soldiers by constant drill every day from morning to night. We had the parade ground in front of our camp tramped as hard as the alley ball court back of the old Academy.
A much used military highway passed between our camp and the parade ground. Officers and staffs in new uniforms enjoyed galloping along the road kicking up dust that settled into our soup and coffee and caused us to use language that ...
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... impertinent questions ... get that hat? Who made your
coat? Where do you preach? What size are your boots? Who made them? Did
you kill the cow and tan the hide yourself? He stood the gaff fine and
said, "Boys, how is your soup?" Johnny Watson passed his up and said,
"Taste it." The stranger tasted it and kept on tasting spoonful after
spoonful until Johnny begged him to stop. Then he said, "How are your
meats?" Hiram Klingensmith handed up his chunk. The stranger took a
couple bites out of it and said, "It seems all right. It is sweet yet."
Klingensmith said, "Turn it over." Stranger turned it over and grinned.
Klingensmith made an unprintable remark about the hair on it. (Army
bacon was not scalded and hair pulled off it, the hair was just mowed
off with a butcher knife.)
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