Wilcox & Co. do their best to survive as prisoners backstage at one of the war’s major battles…
Civil War Diary of Charles W. Wilcox
Sammy draws from Wilcox’s diary entries for 13-14 May:
… & from the 1895 History of the 9th Regiment… (p.566):
Just at night we were moved farther back, where we joined a large body of other prisoners. It had rained hard all day, and I had had nothing to eat since the night before. Hungry, wet, and cold, we lay down on the grass to rest. What a blessing it was that that group of more than a thousand prisoners, amid their present discomforts and sufferings, did not know of the more terrible sufferings that were in store for them in the rebel prison-hells, farther south, for days, weeks, and months !