Thursday, April 24, 2014

Departing from Camp Gilmore

Sunday, April 24, 1864

The departure from Camp Gilmore was delayed by one day to break down the camp and to begin a march on Tuesday morning. The Thirteenth New Hampshire had been stationed at Camp Gilmore for nearly one year. With a final cheer the Thirteenth bade farewell to Camp Gilmore on Tuesday, April 19, and embarked on the road to Portsmouth, where they boarded the steamer "Escort" en route to Newport News. After disembarking at Newport News the Thirteenth marched to Yorktown by way of Big Bethel and Lee’s Mills and made camp. On Saturday, for the first time in one year, the Thirteenth engaged in a brigade dress parade. Today the Thirteenth took part in the usual Sunday routine of inspection, dress parade, and religious services. They also received orders to cut down their baggage for marching to one suit and one set of underclothes. 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), 249-52.

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