Sunday, February 3, 2013

Diary of Alexander G. Downing: Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee, Sunday, April 13, 1862

It is clear and warm today. We had battalion drill again, twice today. Not more than two hundred of the regiment are fit for duty. Major Abercrombie, who drilled us, gave us a lecture about getting out to drill. He assured us that the battle we just had would be classed as a skirmish in comparison with what we would have to go through with before this war is over. The boys declared that if he called this battle a skirmish, they would like to know what he called a real battle.2

2 Major Abercrombie's words were quite true, as we found out later by experience. — A. G. D.

Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 44

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