What a difference one year [of field experience] in service made

“What a difference one year [of field experience] in service made . . . A woolen blanket and a piece of shelter tent twisted together, and thrown over our choulders; haversack loaded with a dozen hard tack and a small piece of ‘salt horse;’ little bag of coffee and sugar, mised together; all sorts of hats or caps; little to eat, but plenty of ammunition; dirty, ragged, and with a full assortment of ‘gray backs.’ But we were veteran soldiers then.”

– 4th Rhode Island infantryman
Cited in Soldiers Blue and Gray, Robertson: p. 15-16.

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