Friday, January 24, 2014

Military Ball and Railroad Tour Celebrated at Camp Gilmore

Sunday, January 24, 1864

During the week detachments from the Thirteenth New Hampshire were detailed to picket duty on the nearby Union outposts and employed on the provost guard line west of Portsmouth. On Thursday the Connecticut Brigade reluctantly departed Camp Gilmore for New Berne, North Carolina. The depletion of the ranks from their exodus made hard work for the remainder of the troops at Camp Gilmore, with only four to five thousand men defending eight miles around camp. To honor the family members visiting camp the hospital is cleared and cleaned for a military ball on Saturday. Today a party of officers and their families enjoyed a railroad voyage to Fortress Monroe, Norfolk, and Portsmouth and returned to camp by nightfall for religious services.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), 229-30.

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