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i've got no hesitation in calling what i'm approximately to jot down a "war record," for my lifestyles was once "twice in jeopardy," as could be obvious afterward, and that i served faithfully as a volunteer, notwithstanding with out repayment, through the whole warfare of the uprising. it truly is actual i used to be no longer within the ranks, yet i used to be on the entrance, and maybe had a extra non-stop adventure of military lifestyles 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 turned a Union lady through marrying a Northern soldier in Philadelphia. The romance which ended in this desertion to the enemy might might be curiosity the reader, but i don't suggest to inform it; for i'm convinced definite the very sensible existence which it enabled me to event for 3 winters in camp at military headquarters will curiosity him extra. My first commander used to be Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, to whom I pronounced on December eleven, 1861, at Frederick, Md., the place my bridegroom was once then a captain of an self reliant corporation, which he named and built as "Zouaves d'Afrique." the military being in wintry weather quarters, a normal disposition prevailed between officials and males to make the season go merrily. notwithstanding the struggle had via this time assumed severe proportions and the conflict of Bull Run have been fought, but there have been many that nonetheless believed that the counsels of peace and forbearance might succeed and that the clash will be of brief length; and this I be mindful used to be the day-by-day topic of debate. Frederick had develop into a garrisoned city, each teach bringing troops and offers; military wagons and their 4- mule groups had ownership of the streets, whereas the sidewalks and store home windows have been monopolized by means of the volunteer officials of their vibrant buttons and gold lace, who approved themselves to be disturbed simply via 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, moderately provided, with using a kitchen, at an inexpensive lease, for we neither folks had any funds; but we indulged within the luxurious of the easiest 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 well known restaurateur within the comparable urban. Finelli was once then a truly younger guy, with a face as good-looking because the recognized "Neapolitan boy" within the photo, and a voice as candy and sympathetic as Brignoli's. A such a lot obliging disposition and a passion for operatic song made him accordingly an excellent acquisition to our little loved ones, - and lots of an omelette souffle used to be first overwhelmed into snowflakes, whereas the dulcet and plaintive notes of "Ah che l. a. morte" or "Spirito gentil," achieving the road, detained the spellbound passers- through; and infrequently whilst his good friend and compatriot, Constantino Calarisi (another zouave), joined him within the kitchen, we have been handled to a duet which even Patti may have applauded, for they have been either veryremarkable singers. bad Finell! a couple of months later a bullet on the conflict of Cedar Mountain extraordinarily disfigured him, and while I subsequent observed him the form of his injured nostril jogged my memory of the population of the Ghetto.

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