September 4, 1862 – Washington, D.C.

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. – Thucydides

Harland’s Brigade (at the time consisting of only the 8th and 11th) conducts a march through the streets of Washington and settles again into their camp on the grounds of the Capitol. The march is noted in the Washington newspapers and the regiment is so impressive that the 8th is mistaken for troops of the Regular Army.

Next morning, they marched through the city in their best style; and the boys of the Eighth long remembered, and repeated with a smile, the announcement in the Star next evening, that “the Eighth Regiment of United-States Regulars marched in splendid order to join the forces of McClellan.”[i]

Today is very special because Oliver and his friends will receive a large amount from of mail from home for the first time in many days.


“The Mall” facing the Capitol during the Civil War


Up the Potomac from Washington, Lee has sent the division of division of General D.H. Hill across the river at Edward’s Ferry. Thus, the invasion of Maryland by the Army of Northern Virginia has begun and the Confederates are now on a course that will guide them to the town of Sharpsburg in less than two weeks.

[i] History of the Eighth Regiment C. V. Infantry, J.H.Vaill, Case, Lockwood, and Brainard Co, Hartford, 1889.


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