Friday, November 15, 2013

Call to Arms at Bowers Hill

Sunday, November 15, 1863

The Thirteenth New Hampshire endured a cold and often rainy week at camp. On Thursday they received news that General Benjamin F. Butler was now in command of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. On Friday it was reported that a large band of Confederate cavalry was nearby, resulting in a hasty march to Bowers Hill for an all-night bivouac under arms. On Sunday the regiment was back in camp for dress parade and weapons 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), 215-16.

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