Colby & Bacon on a Night March

Freeman Colby & Jonas Bacon have to lug two giant pots of coffee and sugar all night on the 39th MA’s dusty, endless march out of Washington City:


<< BEFORE: Straggling | NEXT: Trouble >>

The officers no doubt feel a certain urgency to get their forces into play at the impending battle of Antietam.  The untested enlistees of the 39th, however, feel little commitment to such a schedule; above we see the regiment in the process of straggling all to pieces over the course of the night.

Here’s a map of the union’s march to battle:

14 September 1862
15 September 1872

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