Eighth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
Company A, Inc.
September 30-October 1, 2000
East Lyme, Conn.
October 1st, 1862
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East Lyme, Conn.
We are about to leave our camp site shortly, but I did want to write
tell you of our events. It was exactly two weeks ago that the 8th
Connecticut was thrown into battle near the banks of the Antietam Creek
in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Shortly after the engagement, a portion of
Company A was sent back to Connecticut to promote enlistments, and I
happened to be one of them. Yesterday all twelve of us marched through
the town of East Lyme to the Smith-Harris House, a Greek-Revival house
that was built 17 years ago. Many town-folk turned out to meet us. We
marched to the tune of fife and drum, and I had the honor of carrying one
of the colors. It amazed me how awkward it could be!
We arrived at the House Saturday morning shortly before 10:00. The
townspeople, who had gathered at the house to watch us march up the path,
cheered as our colors passed by. My darling Kathryn was among them. We
made our camp in a small orchard between the house and a barn.
Throughout the day the civilians came over to talk to us about our past
exploits, which we told with great pride. To show off a bit, we
practiced some maneuvers and firing demonstrations with Sgt. Perlotto
talking to the crowd explaining each step. Afterwards we settled for
some lunch. Mid-afternoon we had a game of Townball with some spectators
in attendance, as there were not enough members of the 8th to make a
complete game. It went well enough, although we managed to lose against
It was a very relaxed day, with a lot of mingling and little
going on around the grounds. That night was cold, but not as cold as it
could have been, and we slept fairly soundly. Sunday morning greeted us,
and a church service was held. After which we held more demonstrations
for the public. It was a wonderfully lazy week-end, and a wonderful rest
from the intensity of battle at Sharpsburg which we faced such a short
We're about to head out to our next destination, so I must bid
for now. Please give my love to all the family. I will remain, as ever,
Eighth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Co.A, Inc.