Reminiscences of Two Years With the Colored Troops (Classic Reprint)

Reminiscences of Two Years With the Colored Troops (Classic Reprint)
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The incidents of the voyage it is not necessary to recite to any comrade whose chance it was to make a trip in an army transport, which had long since seen its better days, and which had been practically condemned before Uncle Sam found for it such profit able use. The men packed like sheep In the hold, the officers, though far better off as to quarters, yet crowded too much for convenience and com fort, the inevitable sea-sickness, the scanty rations, and what was worse, the extreme scarcity of water, were annoyances but the counterpart of those en dured by many brave men who preceded and followed us to the scene of duty. But in the main the weath er favored us, and on the hurricane deck we spent the hours off duty, gazing far across the illimitable waste of waters, as day after day we approached a warmer clime with its glowing sunshine and glitter ing waves and the deep blue sky bending down in unbroken circle around us. The rebel cruisers were then in the midst of their destructive work and it was natural, as we caught sight of a distant vessel, to speculate whether it was a friendly or a hostile craft. When we were in the latitude of Charleston.

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