Thursday, August 14, 2014

Relentless Heat Takes a Toll

Sunday, August 14, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire was deployed the entire week at the front rifle trenches, building a small fort near the Ravine Camp behind the front lines. Since the end of July the temperatures had been holding steadily over 100 degrees during the day with minimal cooling at night. During this morning’s inspection several men of the Thirteenth were overcome by the unrelenting heat.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), 436-440.

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