Dow, Frank Eli
Age: 27, credited to Concord, VTVITALS
Birth: 10/26/1834, Newport, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
Village Cemetery, Concord, VT
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The Caledonian, October 19, 1862
FROM THE 11TH REGIMENT
FORT LINCOLN, D.C. OCT. 7, 1862
TO THE EDITOR OF THE CALEDONIAN;
Two weeks have elapsed since I gave you a short account of our regiment, and within the space of time quite a change has taken place among us. One week ago last Saturday the regiment was ordered to strike tents and prepare to march. We had heard just enough to make us aware our regiment was to be divided and sent to the several forts near by a company or two being stationed at each fort. Three forts comprise a part of the so called " Defenses along the Potomac"; but we did not know the destination of each company. One after another the companies moved off the ground until a little afternoon only two was left --- our own Company A, and Company G., from Bellows Falls. We were then ordered to raise our tents again upon the old ground, and glad enough we were ordered to do so. We were expecting to march, perhaps to some distance, and of all the things that the boys dread, a long march with gun and knapsack is the worst; therefore we prepared our grounds, and raised our tents, perfectly satisfied with our location. We are still in the same place, but expect to be obliged to move before going to winter quarters.
As a company we are all in good spirits; a few are unwell --- three or four are in the hospital, but are doing well. Private E. H. Carter was shot through the wrist by the accidental discharge of his gun while on guard a few nights since. The wound is doing well, and he probably will be discharged soon.
Our boys have been engaged in all sorts of business since my first letter --- one day digging rifle-pits, the next working on the roads, the next drilling, and so on to the end of the list. One day several us us were sent to the fort for artillery drill. We were very well pleased with the change, and were in hopes we should have a like drill daily, but as we have no notice to take a second lesson I presume that we were either considered incompetent for the batteries, or that our proficiency was such that one drill was deemed sufficient. To-day the boys, 50 from each company, are starting off under arms for a three day exercise with picks and spades --- I believe the distance is about ten miles, and the boys take three days rations with them. They are to dig rifle-pits --- the old story, which is becoming rather more familiar than agreeable.
The hospital here is very well conducted. In Dr. Kidder the patients find a humane and skillful man, and his assistants were well chosen. The hospital is situated in a grove, near the best stream of water I have found in this section. It is a cool, airy place for the sick, much in contrast with the location of our camp ground, where it is exceedingly hot during most of the day, for although October is in part gone by, we have very hot weather here, but the boys stand it very well and enjoy life as well as ever.
Perhaps it is not known to all your readers just who the officers are at present. --- When Capt. Chamberlin was appointed Major, 1st Lt. E.J. Morrill was appointed captain in his place; This appointment left the 1st Lt'cy vacant, which place was well filled before we left Brattleboro by the appointment of 4th Sergt. E.P. Lee of Waterford. Corporal Griswold of St. Johnsbury is now a sergeant, and L.C. Bonett of Waterford, and L.E. Aldrich of St. Johnsbury have been appointed corporals.
Neither officers nor men were very well pleased when our regiment was divided. We flattered ourselves that ours was one of the best regiments in the service. Secretary Seward together with several other gentlemen of note, among who was Lord Cavendish, visited us one afternoon while on dress parade. They all spoke of our regiment in the highest terms of praise, and said they thought it one of the best regiments they had seen. --- Whether we shall come together again at some future day cannot be foretold, we all hope so: The Colonel and major remain near Fort Lincoln. They are officers that can't be beat. The major will always be deservedly popular in one company at least. The CALEDONIAN comes to us regularly. Freighted with home news, and is eagerly perused by the boys. News about here is rather scarce just now. "All quiet along the Potomac" is readily applicable at the present time.
The Presidents emancipation proclamation was hailed with great applause by the regiment. We consider it the measure for times --- hope it will accomplish all that the friends of of universal emancipation expect.
Courtesy of Deanna French.