The first night under a tent . . .

“One cannot describe his feelings during the first night under a tent – the beginning of his real soldier life. There was so much to look forward to, so much to look back upon! Thoughts of separation from home and loved ones, never, perhaps, to be seen again, occupied the mind. All the hopes and ambitions of the young soldier were crowding through the brain, and ending in the one dearest wish to go speedily to the front.”

James I. Robertson, Jr., Soldiers Blue and Gray: p. 47.

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