Following Appomattox-Part4

The Billy Yanks that brought us the food were from Illinois and Pennsylvania.  We talked about each other’s families, farms, towns and states.  We didn’t mention the war or anything to do with fighting.  We just talked about what we were going to do when we got back home.

Many of us drifted off to sleep with a full belly for the first time in months. Thank the Lord none of us had any bad reaction to all the food.

The Yanks all left about midnight and we slept through the night like babies.

Morning roll call of our company, which is Company E, the Champagnolle Guards, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, showed 18 present for duty.  Captain Harrison told us to stay in camp except for a canteen detail. We were to be paroled either today or tomorrow and he wanted all of us near to camp when the order came.

About 10 o’clock the Yanks actually sent a formal quartermaster to issue us food.

We hadn’t eaten this good for months.

Later in the day a canteen brigade was formed to get water for the company from a creek about 500 yards to our South. What occurred was very interesting.

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About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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