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Co. G. On Top

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Chickamauga Park, Camp Thomas, May 19.- (Special). - At last after a journey of two days and one night, the Thirty-first Michigan Volunteers flnd themselves safe, sound and well, encamped on the famous old battle-field of Chickamauga. Airiving at Chattanooga, the boys were given a chance to wander round the old historie city for a short time. The train on its way to Chickamauga Park crossed Missionary Riöge and the boys in blue cheered to an echo as they passed over the sacred ground. At Chickamauga station the Thirtyfirst regiment was formed into heavy marchingr order with canteens, haversacks and blankets, and proceeded to the camping ground, ü. distance of three miles. The day was exceedingly hot and the march nearly bushed the men as they are soft and little used to tüe heat of the southern states. The Ypsilanti company, the huskiest in the regiment, stood the march well and soon offered to make a forced march to Cuba that night if they had the chance. Especial details from Company G are busy on guard, putting up tents, and getting the quarters in a ship-shap.e way. The boys are in the best of health and spirits. Company G cannot be outdone by any other company in the regiment. Not long after they arrived in Chattanooga Privates Taloott. Crane. Alex Le Duc and Bert Wint look the cable car and went up Lookout Mountain, the flrst members of the' Thirty-first to stand on that famous battlefield. Last nig-ht the boys had their first real experience of army life. For supper each one had a small quantity of butter and all the hard bread they could eat and, when taps sounded, each man rolled himself up In his blanket and lay down to sleep surrounded on every hand by the giant fórest traeo and tented by the blue dome, of a matchless Georgian sky. One S"quad was detailed from each company to keep guard over the camp during the long watehes of the nigiit. Nine moii from one of the compames eft camp to get water last night and got lost and bunked in the forest all night without even a blanket to shelter thcni from the dampness of the night. Early last Company G brought iwo large dead logs lnto camp for fire wood and thi.s morning a detail of the company made fire woed of Ihem. Camp will be changed this morning to a more suitable site, but at present writing cannot say just how far. lt is desiroua to place the camp as near good water as possible. The boys of Company G are all In spirits, but they realize at last the stern realities of actual army lifc. But there is not one of our boys wil would go home if he had the eha The heat is not so Intense as wouli be thought but the natives remind us tha't the heat has not come yet. It la strajige to hear the people of th South speak. They say "It is a rlgh smart day, sir," and "I reckon," in stead of as we say, "I guess I will, and the class distinction between th rich and the poor is so much mor marked and bitter than it is in th North.


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