E.A. Season in the Civil War

14th in a series.

There was a young man by the name of George Lewis that had worked for me that summer before and had enlisted earlier, so he posted me up on a number of things. One was that the officers would visit the guards at night and would want to examine their arms and the greeny would be very likely to let him see it, then the soldier would be put in the guard house for twenty-four hours to impress it on his memory. They tried it on me the first night but I was posted and they didn’t make it work. We kept up this drilling every day until the 22nd of June at 5 a.m. when we took boats, War Eagle and Northern Belle, on our start for Washington. One boat landed at Prairie Du Chien, and the other at LaCrosse. We took cars for Chicago where we arrived June 23rd.

Photo of the Northern Belle courtesy of the Steamboat Times