Camp-fire Chats of the Civil War: Being the Incident, Adventure and Wayside Exploit of the Bivouac and Battle Field, as Related by Veteran Soldiers Themselves. Embracing the Tragedy, Romance, Comedy, Humor and Pathos in the Varied Experiences of Army Life

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A.B. Gehman, 1886 - 346 pages
This book contains anecdotes from Union and Confederate soldiers about their experiences during the war.

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Page 159 - Truth crushed to earth, shall rise again The eternal years of God are hers; But Error, wounded, writhes in pain, And dies among his worshippers.
Page vi - We're tenting tonight on the old camp ground, Give us a song to cheer our weary hearts, a song of home, And friends we love so dear...
Page 183 - ... with pomatum or bear's grease ; and of the white wrappers in which his proofs were sent from the printers. The paper, sometimes as thin as a bank-note, was written on both sides; and was so sodden with ink, plastered on with a pen worn to a stump, that hours were frequently wasted in discovering on which side of it certain sentences were written.
Page 242 - Soldiers and sailors of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Revenue Cutter Service, who served between April 12, 1861, and April 9, 1865, in the war for the suppression of the rebellion, and those having been honorably discharged therefrom after such service, and of such State regiments as were called into active service and subject to the orders of United States general officers, between the dates mentioned, shall be eligible to membership in the Grand Army of the Republic.
Page 23 - How tedious and tasteless the hours, When Jesus no longer I see ! Sweet prospects, sweet birds, and sweet flowers. Have all lost their sweetness to me : The midsummer sun shines but dim, The fields strive in vain to look gay ; But when I am happy in him, December's as pleasant as May.
Page 242 - ... 3. To maintain true allegiance to the United States of America, based upon a paramount respect for, and fidelity to its constitution and laws; to discountenance whatever tends to weaken loyalty, incites to insurrection, treason, or rebellion, or in any manner impairs the efficiency and permanency of our free institutions ; and to encourage the spread of universal liberty, equal rights, and justice to all men.
Page vi - Many are the hearts that are weary tonight, Wishing for the war to cease; Many are the hearts looking for the right To see the dawn of peace. Tenting tonight, tenting tonight, Tenting on the old camp ground.
Page 241 - No officer or Comrade of the Grand Army of the Republic shall in any manner use this organization for partisan purposes, and no discussion of partisan questions shall be permitted at any of its meetings, nor shall any nominations for political office be made.
Page 230 - Dearest love, do you remember When we last did meet, How you told me that you loved me Kneeling at my feet? Oh, how proud you stood before -me In your suit of blue, When you vowed to me and country Ever to be true. CHORUS Weeping, sad and lonely, Hopes and fears, how vain! Yet praying When this cruel war is over, Praying that we meet again.
Page 342 - Been my friend in the bivouac, barrack mid camp, In the triumph, the capture, advance and retreat, More than light to my path, more than guide to my feet. Sweeter nectar ne'er flowed, howe'er sparkling and cold, From out chalice of silver or goblet of gold, For a king or an emperor, princess or queen, Than to me from the mouth of that old canteen. It has cheered the desponding on many a night, Till their laughing eyes gleamed in the camp-fire light. Whether guns stood in silence, or boomed at short...

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