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The following articles provide information on the camp life experienced by the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry at Camp Poland, Tennessee. The article appeared in the Knoxville Journal and Tribune..

The Accounts:

October 2, 1898:

At last the Second Ohio has moved its camp, and the officers, almost worn out are glad it is all over. Yesterday dinner was cooked at the new camp, but the men did not arrive there until late in the afternoon. By that time they were hungry as wolves, and ate everything in sight. It has been a hard experience, this business of breaking camp and then being ordered to three different camps before the third was finally decided upon.

The new camp is a splendid one, however, and everybody is well pleased with it. It is near the street car line, which the men consider its greatest advantage. The Second Ohio will undoubtedly become very popular from now on, because the citizens of Knoxville have much better opportunity to visit them, and the men will come to town oftener.

Visitors to the camp of the Second Ohio will find that a more gentlemanly set of officers and enlisted men are not to be found anywhere.
Private Wm. E. Grimes, company B, who has been in the division hospital for some time, is much better, and will today leave on a sick furlough for Harbor Springs, Mich.

Private Albert Fox, company E, left last night for his home in Tiffin, Ohio having received a sick furlough and transportation.

October 2, 1898:

Now that it has been ordered from Washington that the regimental hospital shall be re-established , in connection with the division hospital, and that each regiment shall have the services of at least two surgeons, one of them being of the rank of major, much speculation is being indulged in as to where the extra surgeons shall come from. As is well known none of the regiments in Camp Poland, with the exception of the colored regiments, have the required number of surgeons. Seven surgeons of this division were sent to Cuba and Porto Rico, while the troops were at Chickamauga, and a number have been made brigade surgeons, or detailed to the division hospital. The Second Ohio, for instance, has at present none of its surgeons with the regiment, Captain McDonald, of the Fourth Tennessee, having been detailed as its regimental surgeon, while at the same time acting as brigade surgeon. The Thirty-First Michigan is in much the same fix as the Second Ohio, having none of its regular surgeons with it, a contract surgeon, Dr. Haze, acting in the capacity of regimental surgeon. It is very probable that when surgeons are assigned to the regiments so that the recent order may be out in force, or in other words, so that each regiment shall have at least two surgeons, a number of contract surgeons will be among the numbers.

It will be remembered, that when Secretary Alger was here he stated that no more surgeons could be commissioned without the consent of congress, but that if more surgeons were needed he would see to it that a sufficient number of contract surgeons would be furnished. From this it is believed that in a short time Camp Poland will have a number of contract surgeons assisting in caring for the sick.

October 2, 1898:

The camping ground of the Third brigade was yesterday definitely decided upon. The removal of the Second Ohio, the only regiment now permanently in the brigade, to the Middlebrook pike, just beyond the Knoxville Belt Line railroad. No sooner had this location been decided upon that the movement of the tents and other equipage of the brigade headquarters was commenced. Before night the movement was complete and General Rosser and his staff were comfortably fixed in their new quarters.

October 3, 1898:

The new camp of this regiment, located on Colonel Crawford’s property on the Middlebrook pike is conceded by all to be one of the best in Camp Poland. In speaking of the camp to a Journal and Tribune reporter yesterday afternoon, Colonel Kuert became enthusiastic. He was sitting in front of his tent enjoying a breathing spell after his hard labors in getting the camp moved. He spoke in the most enthusiastic terms of the beautiful situation the lovely scenery and the general desirability of the new site. “This is my thirty-second encampment,” he said, “and I can truthfully say that this is by far the best of them all. It is the only camp where we could put everything in its proper place, according to regulations. The tents are all in their proper places. And they will none of them vary an eighth of an inch from the regulations.”

A force of six hundred soldiers was busy at work yesterday laying the water pipes to the camp. Four hundred of these were from the Third North Carolina regiment and two hundred from the Second Ohio. It is expected that the water will be running at the company kitchens by tomorrow, at the latest. The city water will be used exclusively.

Yesterday afternoon, while Private H. L. Scott, of this regiment, was riding on a crowded Turner park car, he was thrown off while the car was rounding the curve at Fifth avenue and Gay street. He suffered  a severe scalp wound and was otherwise painfully injured. His wounds were dressed and he was sent back to his regiment.

The men of company D were sorrow stricken yesterday to learn of the death of Private Jacob Fisher, at the division hospital. Private Fisher was from Van Wert, where the remains will be sent.

The Second Ohio has received authority to enlist musicians for a regimental band, and efforts are now being made to secure a number of first-class players. The regiment will pay well for good musicians in addition to the amount paid by Uncle Sam and it is the intention to have a first-class band. Cornet and trombone players are especially needed.

October 3, 1898:

Lieutenant Moody, of Second Ohio, regiment has succeeded Lieutenant Howard as quartermaster of the ambulance corps. He has entered upon his new work.

October 3, 1898:


JACOB FISHER, 25 years old, company D, Second Ohio. The remains were taken to the undertaking establishment of Hall & Donahue, where they will be kept until tonight and shipped to his home, Vanwert, Ohio.

October 5, 1898:


Will be made of All Camp Poland Regiments Previous to the Arrival of Major General Chaffee—Military Board Appointed  to Examine Officers of the Sixth Virginia—Change Made in the Daily Routine Now in Force.

No word has as yet been received at division headquarters as to when Major  General Chaffee is to arrive to assume command of Camp Poland troops. However, preparations are being made to receive him and an inspection of all the troops is to be commenced as soon as the weather will permit. As was stated in yesterday’s Journal and Tribune, this inspection by officers of General McKee’s staff and by military boards appointed by General McKee, was to have commenced yesterday, but it has been postponed until the weather becomes more pleasant. This inspection will be a most thorough and rigid one.

Probably the first definite step taken in this direction was the appointment by General McKee of a military board to  examine several officers of the Sixth Virginia regiment, colored, as to their efficient as military officers. The names of these officers are not known but it is understood that those who will be examined rank from second lieutenant to major.

The board which will conduct this investigation consists of the following officers: Colonel George Leroy Brown, of the Fourth Tennessee; Lieutenant Colonel Bryant, of  Second Ohio; Lieutenant-Colonel S.L. Taylor, of the Third North Carolina; Major Henry L. Hunt, of the Thirty-first Michigan, and Major W.C.Tatom, of the Fourth Tennessee.

This board was appointed in compliance with an order from the war department at Washington.

Rain had a quieting effect on the troops in Camp Poland yesterday. The steady all day downpour kept the men and officers in their quarters to a great extent.

The soldiers of the Second division, who have been enjoying a rest from drill since they came here from Chickamauga park, will not have such as easy time of it from now on. The soldiers have been congratulating themselves since their arrival here on the fact that drills have been almost entirely suspended. An order had been made by General McKee which will restore the daily routine which was in force at Camp Thomas. The program of daily routine which has been sent out from division headquarters to the various regimental commanders plays reveille a half hour later in the morning than it has heretofore been, and taps will sound at a correspondingly earlier hour at night.

October 5, 1898:

Captain Clucker, of company I, received notice yesterday from Washington to the effect that his resignation, recently tendered has been accepted, and he left last night for his home in Ohio. Captain Clucker’s resignation was made necessary because of business interests at home. The vacancy caused by the resignation has not as yet been filled, but the matter is now under consideration.

Captain Mathias, who has been on a leave of absence at his home in Van Wert, returned yesterday and resumed command of company D.
Corporal Standish, of company C, has received an honorable discharge from the service and returned last night to his home.

The following members of the regiment yesterday were granted sick furloughs and transportation to their homes: Frank Bogardus, company I, to Kenton; E. L. Parmenter, company A. to Columbus; Kansas; Royal Peters, company F, to Bellefontaine; Harvey Dressler, company E, to Tiffin; Arthur T. Vinson, company E, to Tiffin; John Carey, company I, to Kenton; Clay Carey, company I, to Kenton.

October 6, 1898:

The handling in of the resignations of nine of the officers of the Sixth Virginia yesterday morning caused quite a stir in camp. The officers, whose names are in the following order, are all colored.

They give no reasons for their act. The order is as follows:

Special Order No. 12

Under the provisions of section 14 under the act of congress, approved April second, a military board to consist of Col. George LeRoy Brown, Fourth Tennessee; Lieutenant-Colonel Edward S. Bryant, Second Ohio; Lieutenant-Colonel S.L.A. Taylor, Sixth Virginia; Major Henry L. Hunt, Thirty-first Michigan, and Major Wm. C. Tatom, Fourth Tennessee, is appointed to meet at the headquarters of the Sixth Virginia volunteer infantry, at ten o’clock a.m., on Monday, October third, or as soon thereafter as possible, and examine into the capacity, qualifications, conduct and efficiency of the following named officers, viz.:

Major W.H. Johnson, Sixth Virginia; Captain Chas B. Nicholas, Sixth Virginia; Captain James C. Hill, Sixth Virginia,  Captain J. A. C. Stephens, Sixth Virginia,; Captain Edward W. Gould,  Sixth Virginia; Capt. Peter Shepard, Jr., Sixth Virginia; first Lieutenant Samuel B. Randolph, Sixth Virginia; first Lieutenant Geo. T. Wright, Sixth Virginia; Second Lieutenant David Wardell, Sixth Virginia.

This board did not meet Monday, but did yesterday morning and while in session, the officers above named, all of the Sixth Virginia, handed in their resignations. Their resignations had not been asked for by the board, as the examination of the officers had not been made. All of the officers who sent in the resignations are colored, none of the white officers being included in the list. They will retain their commissions until their resignations are accepted.

The vacancies caused will be filled by promotion of other officers of the regiment. The above mentioned board will remain in power until dissolved by the department. It is not known whether any more cases for investigation will come up.

October 6, 1898:

This regiment is becoming settled in its new home and everybody likes the change very much, as the command has more room and is near an electric car line. The officers, and also the men, would deem it a great favor and appreciate it very much if the street railway company would run their cars up to the camp. As it is, the cars stop on Middlebrook pike, about two hundred yards from the camp, and since the recent rains the men have had to walk through mud in order to get to camp. The car track runs right up to the guard house of the regiment and the men thing the cars should.

The new daily routine of drills has changed the hour for guard mount from 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Captain A.S. Clucker, company I, who a few days ago resigned, left last night for his home in Kenton. His men were sorry to lose him and he has their best wishes. As well as those of the whole regiment.

Privates John and Clay Carey, company I, left last night for their home in Kenton to be gone ten days on furloughs.

Corporal Bogardus, company I, also left last night for his home in Kenton, to be gone ten days.

Captain Mathias, company D, has returned from his home in Van Wert, where he has been on leave of absence. He brought his wife with him.

Lieutenant Webster, company D, has as his guest in the city at this time his mother and brother.

Private Frank Lacy, company K, who deserted about two months ago, returned to camp yesterday, coming of his own accord.

October 7, 1898:

Orders wee issued yesterday from division headquarters relative to the different regiments taking practice marches.
The order is as follows:--

The following regulations for the conduct of practice marches are published for the information and guidance of all concerned:--Once each week or on days to be indicated by brigade commanders, each regiment of the division will make a practice march from its camp of not less than ten miles, remaining out one night and returning the following day.

The men will be equipped with shelter tents, ponchos, blankets and haversacks. There will be carried in wagons one days; rations, full, and necessary tentage for officers, Until further orders, the First brigade will operate south of the river, the second to the north, between the river and Second creek, and the Third to the southwest, between Second creek and the lower river. Marches will be made with proper tactical disposition of advance and rear guards, and in execution of an assumed and definite problem, involving the country traversed; the problem to be prescribed by the brigade commander, who may use all the regiments of his brigade in combination, if he so desires.

Itineraries will be kept and maps made in accordance with article X: “troops in campaign,” and reports made to this office.

One company in each regiment will be left in charge of the regimental camp and property and the camp will not be broken.


October 7, 1898:

The whole regiment was busy yesterday doing police duty in and around the camp and consequently the usual drills wee not held. The camp is being thoroughly policed and when the men get through it will be “neat as a pin.”

The baseball team of this regiment was to have met the team of the Thirty-first Michigan Wednesday, but the latter team failed to show up. This is the second time dates have been made with Michigan and each time she has flunked. The boys are very anxious to met the Michigan boys and another date will be made.

A football team is being organized to play the team from the Sixth Ohio. There is a lot of good material in the Second and a first-class team will, no doubt, be organized.

The men of Company I are speculating as to who their new captain will be. Nothing definite is known, as there are two or three applications and it will not be known who the lucky man is before next week.

First Lieutenant Bryan, First Ohio, company F, was a visitor I the camp yesterday, the guest of the officers. He was at one time a battalion adjutant in the Second, but was transferred.

Dr. Hiram Finklestone, one of the new government contract surgeons, is in the city. He has been assigned to the Second Ohio.

It is heretofore been the custom for any officer who may become ill, to secure quarters in the city, where they could get the best of medical attention. The enforcement of the regulations concerning this will be carried out now, and the officers, when too sick to remain in quarters, will be sent ot the division hospital.

October 8, 1898


A general order was issued today organizing new army corps and designating various points where the troops shall be stationed. The Third, Fifth, and Sixth corps are discontinued; the First, Second, and Fourth corps reorganized. They are to be commanded respectively by Major-Generals Breckinridge, Graham, and Wheeler. The headquarters of each corps will be: First corps, Macon, Ga.; Second corps, Augusta, Ga., Fourth corps, Huntsville, Ala. The full text of the order is as follows:

Major-general J.C. Breckinridge, U.S.V., commanding headquarters at Macon, Ga.

First division, headquarters at Macon, Ga.:--
First brigade-Atlanta, Ga. Thirty-first Michigan, Fourth Tennessee and Sixth Ohio
Second brigade- Macon, Ga. Third U.S.V. engineers, Second Ohio and Sixth Virginia
Third brigade- Macon, Ga. Tenth U.S.V., infantry and Seventh U.S.V. infantry

October 8, 1898:

Regular drills were begun in camp yesterday afternoon. Yesterday morning the camp was inspected by Colonel Kuert and Lieutenant-Colonel Bryant, and sanitary conditions were found to be in first class shape

The fact that the Sixth Virginia is not going to occupy the place selected for it, directly across the road from the Second is good news for the men in the camp as it would have been very unpleasant on account of making things too crowded.

Brigade court-martial was held in the Y.M.C.A. tent yesterday morning and one case was tried. It was that of Private Wm. Pease, Sixth Virginia, for sleeping at his post while on guard.

Captain L.J. Stuber, chief surgeon of the regiment,returned to this command yesterday. He has been in Lima, O., his home, for some time.

Dr. Finklestone, who arrived a few days ago, will act as assistant surgeon.

Religious services in the camp of the Second will be conducted by Chaplain Crawford on Sunday afternoon at three o’clock. The services will be especially interesting as the choir of the Epiphany church, Broadway, under the direction of Prof. C.A. Garratt, with Mr. D.W. Badham and Miss Kane, as soloists will assist in the music.

The ground where the Sixth Virginia intended going, will be used by the Second as a drill ground. It has been mowed and is now in good shape for drilling. Dress parade was held for the first time since moving camp, yesterday afternoon.

Col. Kuert was somewhat indisposed yesterday.

Taylor and Frank McClure, company F, having gone to their home in Bellecenter on furloughs. Grey McDonald, company G, is at present on a furlough at his home in Mount victory, O., he having left last night. W.A. Price, company A, is in Fundlay, O., on furlough.

Schuyler Webb, company I, and Jeff L. Seedle, company I, are visiting Kenton and Ridgeway respectively.
Charles H. Price, company D, and Gordon Oliver, company I, are also on furloughs, the first in Van Wert and the second in Kenton.

October 8, 1898:

An unusual amount of activity about the grounds yesterday was caused by a number of patients getting ready to leave on furloughs for their homes throughout the country. The following went out last night be special sleepers to Cincinnati, at which place they will take different roads for their homes:

Jeff L. Seedle, company I, Second Ohio, to Ridgeway
Webb Schuyler, company I, Second Ohio, to Kenton
Chas H. Price, company D, Second Ohio to Van Wert
Gordon Oliver, company I, Second Ohio, to Kenton
Frank McClure, company F, Second Ohio, to Belle Center
Wm. Taylor, company I, Second Ohio, to Belle Center
Gay McDonald, company G, Second Ohio, to Mt. Victory
L.E. Ensign, company E, Second Ohio, to Bryan
W.A. Price, company A, Second Ohio, to Findley

October 9, 1898

Camp Poland was especially quiet yesterday, the rains making it impossible to hold any drills of any sort. The chief topic of conversation was the news that Camp Poland would soon be no more, and regret was heard on every side as the officers of Camp Poland, from the highest to the lowest, have fallen in love with Knoxville, her climate and her people and consequently they do not like the idea of being taken away.

A number of the officers through out the camp were seen and they all expressed themselves as sorry to leave. Major Caziarc, assistant adjutant-general; Major Hemphill, chief quartermaster; Col. Kuert, Second Ohio, and many others expressed themselves as to the move. These officers all spoke form a standpoint of health, as it is a well known fact that the health of the division has wonderfully  improved since coming to this place. As the officers say, if the division had come here instead of going to Chickamauga in the first place, many a one who is now in his grave, would in all probability be living.

However, as it is, they will have to abide by what the war department orders, so they are resigned.

October 9, 1898

The inspection that was looked for by the members of the regiment yesterday was not held, on account of the rain. The men were all ready, however, and everything was as neat as a pin. The chief topic discussed in camp yesterday was the orders to move. Both officers and men expressed themselves in no uncertain terms and almost to a man they regret going, as they all like Knoxville and her people.

Sergeant Williams, company G, and Private Berthume, company A, left yesterday for Fort McPherson where they went to take two prisoners sent from the Sixth Virginia.

Major Campbell, Second battalion, is at present entertaining as his guest his wife, who is stopping at one of the houses near camp.

Regular army outfits for cleaning guns, etc., were issued to the different companies yesterday. These outfits contain all the necessary articles used in cleaning equipments and are very convenient.

Adjutant Deming, Second battalion is in the hospital. He is not seriously ill, however, and will be out in a few days.

If the weather permits the press parade at the camp of the Second will be witnessed by large numbers of visitors this afternoon as the officers and men of the regiment have many friends in the city who will now take advantage of the fact that the car line runs to the camp.

Religious services in camp this afternoon will be especially interesting and everybody is invited to attend. Chaplain Crawford will be assisted by the choir of the Epiphany church.

The football team of the regiment is now working hard in order to be in trim for a game with the Sixth Ohio team in a few days.

A number of he men in the regiment are lovers of the pugilistic art and some very interesting sparring matches are often to be witnessed.

October 10, 1898

No drills or dress parade were held in camp yesterday, and the men spent the day in lounging and entertaining visitors, who were there in large numbers.

Now that the camp is situated on a car line the numerous friends of the officers and men take advantage of the fact and yesterday an exceptionally large crowd was present.

In the afternoon religious services wee held in the Y.M.C.A. tent by Chaplain Crawford and a large number of the soldiers, as well as visitors, were in attendance. The musical features of the service were solos by Mr. D.W. Badham and Miss Kane, of the Epiphany church choir.

The new order of having one company at a time do guard duty is in effect now and yesterday company I was detailed with Lieutenant Smith as officer of the day and Lieutenant Rutledge, officer of the guard.

The guard lines were not thrown open, as is usually the case on Sunday, and no one was allowed to go to the city without a pass.

Colonel Kuert was in the city yesterday, expecting the arrival of his wife. Mrs. Kuert was with the regiment nearly all the time at Chickamauga and she is especially popular with both officers and men.

Lieutenant-Colonel Bryant went on a tour yesterday in order to select a route for the first practice march, which will be made this week.
In the absence of the colonel and lieutenant-colonel yesterday, Major Kautzman was in command of the regiment.

The health of the regiment at present is fine and one company deserves especial  mention. It is company H. Yesterday, out of 103 men enlisted, eighty-four reported for duty, ten being on furloughs, and nine in the hospital.

A number of the officers attended the production of “Remember the Maine” at Staub’s Saturday night. A party of those in attendance from the Second was composed of Captain Gasser, company E; Captain Deming, company G; Captain Lafferty, company A; Lieutenant Campbell, of the brigade commissary; Lieutenant Biggs, company A, and Lieutenant Rutledge, company I.

October 10, 1898

The camp of the Second Ohio is undergoing a thorough cleaning, preparatory to the inspection which will come this week. Practice marches will also be begun but not until after the inspection, Lieutenant-Colonel Bryant has selected the route for the first march, which will be made this week. The men will go out about ten miles, take shelter tents and stay overnight, returning to camp next day.

The company doing guard duty yesterday was company E, with Captain Gasser as officer of the day and Lieutenant Diline as officer of the guard.
Captain  McDonald, Fourth Tennessee, who has been acting regimental surgeon, has been relieved and is now at the division hospital.

Arrangements are in progress to have a regimental band, and as there is plenty of good material in the regiment, a first-class organization is assured.
Chaplain Crawford left on a ten days leave of absence last night; He went to his home in Lima.

Private George Clayton is at present on a ten days’ furlough at his home in Signet, O.

Color-Sergeant George Santamire is at present sick in the division hospital. He is not, however, seriously ill.

Mrs. Col. Kuert is a visitor in the camp and is welcomed by both officers and men.

“When will we be moved” and “pay day’ are still very much discussed in camp. The first is not especially wanted, but the last-well ask the men.
All the available wagons of the regiment were in the city yesterday getting forage and rations.

Lieutenant Wilcox, company M, has just returned from his home in Paulding. While there he was nominated as a candidate for congress by the republican party.

The sentence of Private C.J. Watson, company C was published at dress parade last evening, in the presence of the accused. He was charged with “violation of the 62nd article of war to the prejudice of military discipline.” His offense consisted of a general roast of all the officers to some of the soldiers. He was sentenced to three months hard labor, in charge of the regimental guard and a forfeit of ten dollars per month of his pay for that period.

A good joke on Lieutenant-Colonel Bryant is going the rounds in the regiment. It seems that he had heard of the old confederate cannon that is lying in the bottom of the river, near the Cherokee bluffs, with which the people of the city are familiar.  When told of this interesting relic he became very much enthused and offered $100 to any one who would raise it from its watery grave. On last Sunday, while he was away from camp, some of the officers procured a log about the size of a cannon, mounted it on wheels made from cheese boxes, appropriately placarded it and mounted it in front of the colonel’s tent. When the colonel returned, about dusk, he thought his cherished-dream realized and he was the possessor of the relic. He soon found out his mistake, however and was given the laugh by the officers who were hiding nearby.

October 12, 1898

The new order of drills have been taken up in camp and the men now have enough to keep them busy. For the first time yesterday dress parade was held and it will be from now on, every day except Sunday, at five o’clock in the afternoon.  The new parade ground has not been used yet, and the regiment is having dress parades in the field near the camp.

Now that the paymasters have arrived, the whole camp is in a state of excitement, the men all praying that they be first to receive their pay.

A visit was paid to the camp by Gen. Randall yesterday, this being his first visit since his arrival here. He was accompanied by his staff and orderlies.
It is now a settled fact that the Second will have a band and hereafter guard mount and dress parade will be doubly interesting. The instruments for the band arrived yesterday and were found to be in good order. Authority has been granted the regiment from the war department to secure eight men not members of the regiment, if necessary, to play. They will be secured and with the material now in the regiment, a first class band can be organized.

A wagon load of soda pop was overturned near the camp yesterday morning and for a while the boys who were near, filled themselves with the liquor. They very kindly helped the driver reload what bottles were not broken.

Corporal Gordon, company I, has gone to his home in Kenton, on a thirty days sick furlough.

Musician Taylor, company I, is at his home in Ridgeway on a thirty days’ furlough.

Private Jefferson Seedle is also on a furlough at his home in roundhead.

Private Schuyler Webb is another who is on sick leave. He is in Kenton, his home.

The health of the regiment still remains good and the men are bewailing the fact that they have to leave Knoxville.

J.A. Braley and wife, of Wauseon, O., were visitors in the camp yesterday.

October 13, 1898

The “promenade dance” to be given in honor of the officers of Camp Poland by the members of the “Women’s Building Board,” will be postponed till Monday night. The ladies of the board will receive and be assisted in entertaining by some of Knoxville’s fairest daughters. The introduction committee will consist of some of the younger married couples. It is the special request of the officers that this will not be a strictly military affair-so it is hoped the young gentlemen of the city will participate. Cards of admission can be obtained from Col. Gardner, Thirty-First Michigan; Capt. White, First West Virginia; Capt. Collier, Second Ohio; Lieut. Fisk, Sixth Ohio; Lieut McAllister, Fourth Tennessee; Lieut Walker, First West Virginia; Mr. Tom Calloway, McCormick Clothing Co., or at Woman’s Building at 8:30 Monday night.

October 13, 1898

Now that the paymasters have arrived pay day, of course, is the chief event looked forward to by the men in the regiment, but next to that event is the carnival in the city next week and the arrival of Gov. Bushnell, of Ohio. The regiment will be visited by the governor while here and his welcome is assured. He will be entertained in proper manner by the Second and a program of entertainment will be arranged.

Col. Kuert says he does not want to in any way interfere with the program of the reception committee in the city, and hence can’t as yet, say what the soldiers will do.

Col. Kuert is still giving closest attention to the health of the camp. Tables are being built from which the men will eat hereafter, instead of taking their food to their tents when it is issued them, and eating it there.

Company D was on guard yesterday with Capt. Mathias as officer of the day and Lieut. Webster, ordnance officer, acting officer of the guard.
Mrs. Lieut.-Col Bryant, and daughter, Miss Deta, arrived from Bloomdale, Ohio, yesterday to be the guests of Lieut. Col Bryant. They will stop at one of the houses near camp.

Henry Smith, stenographer, who was detailed to brigade headquarters, has returned to his regiment.

Regimental drills was held yesterday in camp, the men marching through the company streets. Today extended order drill will be held.

Lieut. Leighton, company L, is at presents on a ten days leave of absence.

A number of the men were in the field opposite camp yesterday hunting rabbits. They killed several and consequently fared better at supper last night.

A number of the officers and men attended the production of “The Strange Adventures of Miss Brown" at Staub’s last night and enjoyed the show very much.

Inspection is looked for today and the men have everything bright and shining in view of the event.

Melville G. Ginsinger and A.V. Larick, company B, left yesterday for their homes in Upper Sandusky on sick leaves.

F.B. Thomas, company C, left yesterday on a furlough. He went to his home in Lima.

Edwin Young, company B, and Jno. Farling, company H, left yesterday for their respective homes in Carey and Findlay. They are on sick furloughs.
The health of the regiment continues good, comparatively few of the men being unfit for duty.

October 13, 1898:

The following men left last night on furloughs going to their home towns;

F.B. Thomas, company C; A.V. Larich, company B; Edwin Young, company B; John Farling, company A, of the Second Ohio regiment
Carwin Post amd N.C. Laidecker, of the hospital ambulance corps.


The Journal and Tribune (Knoxville, TN), October 2, 1898; October 3, 1898; October 5, 1898; October 6, 1898; October 7, 1898; October 8, 1898; October 9, 1898; October 10, 1898; October 11, 1898; October 12, 1898; October 13, 1898 - Contributed by Jeff Berry

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