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The Soldiers' journal. (Rendevous of Distribution, Va.) 1864-1865, February 24, 1864, Image 1

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[Written for the Soldiers' Journal.
BY P. a. H.
Far away in the Northland,
Around the homestead hearth.
Is gathered the group of loved ones.
The dearest to me on earth;
And while the chill wind rages,
Then sobbing, dies away,
I love to think of their safety,
On this bleak Winter's day.
• I know that a thousand hearth-stones,
As dear as mine to me.
Where erst a group would gather
In Innocence and glee,
Now echo but the foot-fall
Of strangers on the floor;
Or wait in solemn silence
For those that coin, no more.
Ten thousand hearts are blighted,
Their hopes in ruin lie;
Ten thousand souls in anguish,
Send up their wailing cry ;
"When, when, oh God of mercy!
Shall thine avenging arm
Be stayed—the bow ot promise
Succeed the raging storm.
But though their anguished pleading
Ariseth night and day,
No dawning light appeareth,
Not c'en a cheering ray;
Stern Justice, yet unbending.
Still guides the awful car,
And still the nation rendeth
With internecine war.
Amidst the grief and sadness
Wrought by this ttde of ill.
Why Is my home unbllghted,
My heart unburdened still?
Save in sympathetic sorrow,
I weep with those who weep,,
And think of the many noble,
Who sleep their last long, sleep.
Thou knowest, and Thou only,
Why, in Thy chosen way,
Some wait a longer season,
Some early pass, for aye,
Grant only, Heavenly Father;
Our work be nobly done;
Then, welcome be the Angel,
Thou send'st to call us home.
Whether on field of conflict,
Amidst the cannon's roar,
Or by the quiet home-hearth,
We gently near the shore ;
Let but a voice from Heaven,
Whisper the words, " well done,"
Unmurmuring we will spare them,
Unmurmuring We will come.
Auoim Hospital, Feb. 21st, 1801.
■ > iii
The way the rebels yell on going into battle is
accounted for on the score of scarcity of food.—
They are holler all theway through.
gtetflvj! of <£mvu\tsmt (Stomp, 9*.
Dedicated to Samuel McKelvy, IJeut. Col. Com
manding, as a token of the high appreciation and
regard entertained for him as a commanding
(concluded .BOM last week.)
Attached to tho camp are two large kitchens
and dining rooms. The kitchens aro capable
of cooking rations, thoroughly, for ten to fifteen
thousand men. The dining rooms are fitted up
with c,ups, plates, knives and forks, which are
retained in the rooms. The men eat their rations
in the dining rooms—marched thereto in two
ranks under the charge of their wfirdmaster.
No cooking is allowed outside of the kitchens —
cooks being detailed for that purpose. By that
means good and substantial rations are given the
soldier and much labor saved the men.
The mode of receiving men in camp—as fol
lows : Men arrive in camp daily from the Sol
diers' Rest, Washington, by railroad—a branch
of the track having been laid inside the lines of
camp. The men are drawn up in line in front
of the receiving office, under charge of the Ser
geant Major; they are surrounded by a guard,
when a Surgeon examines each man. Those
whom he thinks yet unfit for service are retained
in Convalescent Camp, their names recorded in
'the Sergeant Major's book, and then distributed
to the various divisions according to the regi
ments which they represent, or hospitals, as the
case may be. Those fit for duty—their names
are recorded in the duty book aud then forwarded
to Camp of Distribution, to await transportation
to their respective regiments in the manner indi
cated hereafter.
The post-office of camp, under the charge of
Captain Thomas H. Marston, 82d Penn'a. Vol's.,
receives and delivers on an average, each week,
fifteen thousand letters for the soldiers —many of
the letters containing money received and for
warded to families and friends of the soldiers.
The amount of uncalled for letters sent to tho
Dead Letter Office, is, on an average, three hun
dred and fifty per week. The mail is sent out of
camp daily at 8 o'clock each morning, and re
ceived at 11 o'clock the same day. The arrange
ments of said office are so complete that a mail
of from two to five thousand letters can be
delivered to their rightful owners inside of two
hours. I think the postal arrangements can
compare safely with many post-offices in large
Adams' Express Company has established an
agency in camp for the delivery of all packages
addressed to soldiers in camp, and for the for
warding of monies to the families of soldiers.
A vast amount of money is sent per express
monthly from, this camp.
A neat building has been erected by the Barber
of camp, whose place is thronged daily by the
The Photograph Gallery of camp undej; charge*
of Mr. Jones, an old and experienced hand at
the business, is visited daily by the soldiers, hav
ing their bronzed faces taken to send to familicH
and friends. The pictures taken in that estab
lishment can compete with any in our principal
cities, and the charges as moderate. Mr. Jones,
always obliging to the soldier, allows no room
for complaint on the part of his work. Ho is a
regular " E pluribus Erin ga brath."
The 3d and 4th regiments Penna. Res. Vol.
Corps—the detachment under command of Col.
Woolworth—perforin the guard duty of camp.
Col. Wolworth has always been found prompt
and efficient in the discharge of the duties of his
command. Ten barracks for the guard are near
ly finished (just outside of the camp,) capable of
accommodating one thousand men.
The Sanitary Commission has established a
branch in this camp, their agent being Miss Amy
M. Bradley. Miss A. M. Bradley is one of the
noble ladies of the country whose voluntary ser
vices has done much good to the soldiers having
connection with Convalescent Camp. Articles
of clothing not allowed by the government can
always be obtained from Miss A. M. Bradley.
In many cases where soldiers were unable to
draw their long due pay, on account of wrong
fully being accounted for as absent without
leave, through the exertions of this kind-hearted
lady, the sufferings of soldiers' families were
greatly relieved by the remittances of their back
pay. To the discharged soldier, in saving him
from the" hands of scheming agents in Wash
ington, this lady's name will ever be remember
ed. Miss A. M. Bradley can be truly styled the
" soldiers' friend."
A Soldiers' Library has been established in*
camp, the building being large and well adapted
for its use. From twelve to fifteen hundred
volumes of reading matter are issued to the sol
diers daily. The Library is under charge of Mr.
Mellon, of Mass.
The Camp Chapel is a neat; building with
steeple and bell, and capable of accommodating
one thousand soldiers with seats. Services are
beld three times per day, under the supervision
of the Christian Commission,
The Soldiers' Cemetery, in rear of the Hospital,
•is neatly laid out—sufficient for one thousand
graves. It is enclosed with a neat and substan
tial fence. Each grave having a head-board with
the name, company and regiment of the deceased
The great curiosities of the camp are two res
ervoirs, tn rear of the camp two reservoirs have
been built with good sound bottoms and enclos
ed. The water is collected from springs, by
runs depositing into the reservoirs. One is used
for the kitchons and dining rooms, the other for
the hospitals. The water is passed through
earthen pipe* laid under the ground to the kitch
ens and hospitals, Tho reservoir supplying th"

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