“They Dont Stop for Meetinghouses Nor Anything Else”: The Civil War Letters of Dwight Emerson Armstrong, Part II | Beehive
The MHS recently received a collection of letters from Private Dwight Emerson Armstrong to his sister Mary written between 13 June 1861 and 27 April 1863 while he served in the 10th Massachusetts Infantry.
On 9 August 1861, the 10th Regiment arrived at Camp Brightwood in northwest Washington, D.C., which would be its home for 7 months. Dwight was optimistic about the outcome of the war, felt safe at Camp Brightwood, and was adjusting fairly well to military service. He'd seen no combat yet, but every once in a while an alarm was raised, and the troops were "tumbled out of [their] tents" and held in readiness to march at a moment's notice. None of these alarms had come to anything, and Dwight found the whole thing kind of amusing writing, "It is curious how anyone can get used to almost anything so as to not mind anything about it. […] They were having a battle only a few miles off and we could hear the cannons thundering away almost as plainly as if we had been there but we had got so used to disturbances of this sort that no one minded anything about it and all laid down with their guns beside them and went to sleep as quietly as though they were a thousand miles from any danger."
“They Dont Stop for Meetinghouses Nor Anything Else”: The Civil War Letters of Dwight Emerson Armstrong, Part II May 14, 2019 By Susan Martin, Processing Archivist & EAD Coordinator This is the second post in a series. Part I can be found here. On 16 July 1861, after a month at the Hampden Park ...