“Muddy, Dirty, God-forsaken”
Most inhabitants have fled, perhaps because their sympathies lay with the South or because they feared the town would become a battleground. Although pro-Union sentiment dominate western
Lt. Col. Rutherford B. Hayes of the 23rd
With this many men crammed into what was only a pretty little village,
On the other hand, no guerillas are operating in the immediate area and it is doubtful Confederate regulars will show up any time soon, so the Ohioans can look forward to a quiet, if boring, winter.
It would make little difference if the Ohioans were on their own soil. At Camp John McLean (yet another mudhole), near
It is much the same everywhere. Soldiers and civilians alike wait and wonder what is coming.