Returning from post duty

I love reading original letters from Civil War soldiers. Time and time again you will read that a soldier has just returned from post duty.  Perhaps a monotonous and routine task for a common soldier.

May 30, 1863 “Went on Out Post this morning we have to go on every other day while we stay out letter from Sarah”

EXCERPT from the Civil War diary of William R. Townsend, 42nd Illinois Infantry, Co. E

Artist Forbes, Edwin, 1839-1895, helps us imagine a scene in this pencil drawing. Access to the LOC gallery of Forbes images can be found here.

Notes:

  • “A scene in winter camp. A squad of troops have just returned from the picket line and are seeking their quarters.” on mount.
  • Part of “Life studies of the great army.” Plate 15.
  • Gift, J.P. Morgan, 1919 (DLC/PP-1919:R1.1.309)
  • Forms part of: Morgan collection of Civil War drawings.
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