Friday, February 28, 2014

Fire Rages near Camp Gilmore

Sunday, February 28, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire enjoyed a week of milder weather at Camp Gilmore. On Friday a raging fire erupted from the dry conditions near the camp. After many hours of struggle the fire was eventually extinguished, but not before the fire consumed the logs the men had felled for breastworks. Today the Thirteenth New Hampshire passed their time in the usual Sunday activities of inspection, dress parade, and religious services. The local newspapers reported that Virginia citizens in the vicinity of the camp yearn for the days before secession.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), 235-36.

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