Rainy Nights in Tennessee. Beginning of the Corinth Campaign.
“There were thousands of men in the field who were in a destitute condition. Many methods were resorted to, to improvise rude shelters to protect us from the rain and wind. The bark of trees, logs, poles, brush, old straw or hay, and indeed
everything that could be of ant service was appropriated in some way. In passing up a road we accidently found a new Fremont tent, which had fallen off some wagon and rolled out into the brush at the roadside. We soon discovered that when unfolded it would be large enough to lie on and cover both of us, and without further ceremony we ‘turned in.’
“After the capture of Island No. 10, the forces commanded by Gen. Pope were conveyed on transports to Hamburg Landing, and were now moving toward Corinth. The entire army was now commanded by Gen. Halleck, and preparations were constantly going on for active operations against the enemy.”
(Middle Tennessee, April, 1862)
Excerpts taken from “Annals of the Fifty-Seventh Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry: Marches, Battles, and Incidents of Army Life” written by Asbury L. Kerwood immediately after the war.