. . . showed themselves dandy in various was during the advance into Virginia. They helped about the pontoon bridge for crossing the Potomac, repaired bridges and telegraph lines on the route, and coming to a large field, containing several acres near Charleston, filled with corn in shocks and unhusked, the troops detailed to make it available for the Quartermaster’s department performed that service in double quick style rarely before exhibited in agricultural operations in slaveholding districts.
– Published in The Waterloo Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Wednesday, April 16, 1862, p. 2