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i've got no hesitation in calling what i'm approximately to put in writing a "war record," for my existence was once "twice in jeopardy," as might be noticeable in a while, and that i served faithfully as a volunteer, even though with out repayment, in the course of the whole struggle of the uprising. it truly is precise i used to be no longer within the ranks, yet i used to be on the entrance, and maybe had a extra non-stop event of military existence in the course of these 4 extraordinarily eventful years than the other girl of the North. Born in Charleston, S. C., my sympathies have been obviously with the South, yet on December nine, 1861, I grew to become a Union girl by way of marrying a Northern soldier in Philadelphia. The romance which ended in this desertion to the enemy might probably curiosity the reader, but i don't suggest to inform it; for i'm yes convinced the very practical existence which it enabled me to event for 3 winters in camp at military headquarters will curiosity him extra. My first commander was once Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, to whom I suggested on December eleven, 1861, at Frederick, Md., the place my bridegroom used to be then a captain of an self reliant corporation, which he named and built as "Zouaves d'Afrique." the military being in iciness quarters, a common disposition prevailed between officials and males to make the season go merrily. notwithstanding the warfare had through this time assumed severe proportions and the conflict of Bull Run were fought, but there have been many that nonetheless believed that the counsels of peace and forbearance might be triumphant and that the clash will be of brief length; and this I take note used to be the day-by-day subject matter of debate. Frederick had develop into a garrisoned city, each teach bringing troops and provides; military wagons and their 4- mule groups had ownership of the streets, whereas the sidewalks and store home windows have been monopolized by way of the volunteer officials of their brilliant buttons and gold lace, who authorised themselves to be disturbed purely through the looks of a beautiful face, or by means of the regular tread of the patrol with their white gloves and polished rifles. My residences in Frederick consisted of 2 very modest third-story rooms, in moderation provided, with using a kitchen, at an inexpensive hire, for we neither folks had any cash; but we indulged within the luxurious of the simplest prepare dinner within the military, no except Nunzio Finelli (one of our zouaves), who was once afterwards the steward of the Union League of Philadelphia, and a popular restaurateur within the comparable urban. Finelli was once then a really younger guy, with a face as good-looking because the well-known "Neapolitan boy" within the photograph, and a voice as candy and sympathetic as Brignoli's. A so much obliging disposition and a passion for operatic song made him for that reason a superb acquisition to our little family, - and lots of an omelette souffle used to be first overwhelmed into snowflakes, whereas the dulcet and plaintive notes of "Ah che los angeles morte" or "Spirito gentil," attaining the road, detained the spellbound passers- via; and occasionally whilst his buddy and compatriot, Constantino Calarisi (another zouave), joined him within the kitchen, we have been taken care of to a duet which even Patti might have applauded, for they have been either veryremarkable singers. terrible Finell! a couple of months later a bullet on the conflict of Cedar Mountain extraordinarily disfigured him, and whilst I subsequent observed him the form of his injured nostril jogged my memory of the population of the Ghetto.

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