Friday, July 19, 2013

Toll of the Blackberry Raid - Illness and Desertion

Sunday, July 19, 1863

The Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment spent Sunday in camp for inspection and picket duty. The human cost of the raid was heavy, as many men had become severely ill due to overheating and dehydration. Others had deserted during the long, hot march.1

1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 181-86.

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