Thursday, September 18, 2014

Advanced Picket Duty around Petersburg

Sunday, September 18, 1864

The Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment spent another week in camp Petersburg. Pickets are far advanced to half the distance between lines, resulting in less enemy fire from sharpshooters in camp. On Wednesday severe fighting occurred along the front lines. Many cases of fever are reported in the Thirteenth, caused by the swampy conditions around camp. Today the Thirteenth once again engaged in the regular Sunday practice of inspection, dress parade, and 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), 449-452.

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