Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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John C. West–A Texan in Search of a Fight.

June 6, 2013

John C. West–A Texan in Search of a Fight.

Saturday, June 6th.

On yesterday we marched six miles to a large open field beyond Culpepper to witness a review of General Stuart’s cavalary. There were 8,000 or 10,000 horsemen covering an immense area. The infantry were permitted to rest, and gaze at will, from the railroad embankment, on their maneuvers. Except the difference in the numbers present there was nothing to note which may not be seen at the review of a regiment. The great numbers inspired a feeling of awe and created an impression of strength and security.

We returned to camp about sunset, having made a march of twelve miles for recreation, entertainment and inspiration. . Just as I was writing the last line we received orders to be ready to march at 12 o’clock; it is now nearly 11. I asked yesterday for Lamar Stark, but I learned from Wat Taylor that he was across the river; so I cannot tell when I shall see him.

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