Friday, November 22, 2013

A Feast of Oysters

Sunday, November 22, 1863

During the week several men of the Thirteenth New Hampshire were engaged in picket duty on the Portsmouth Road. At Camp Gilmore the men were happily feasting on oysters from the abundant oyster beds near camp. Traffic was heavy between Camp Gilmore and Bowers Hill, as cavalry and pickets deployed for defense purposes. The Thirteenth engaged in the usual Sunday regimen of religious services, dress parade and inspection.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), 216-18.

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