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TO THE FRONT
Ohio Second Regiment leaves for Chickamauga.

NOTE: This is written by my Grandfather, Louis M. Kripliver as Editor of the Wood County, Ohio Democrat newspaper.

The boys are enjoying the Trip and all are Happy -- Scenes and Incidents in Soldier Life.

ENROUTE TO CHICKAMAUGA
Park, Tenn. May 17, 1898


Editor Democrat - Followed by the cheers and well wishes of a multitude of the people of Ohio's capital the Second Regiment O.V.I. departed on a Big Four train for the national rendezvous at Chickamauga Park, Tenn at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon.

Early Monday morning, the order came to prepare for departure. Instantly the camp was astir and at the sound of the last bugle notes at 10:30 every tent in the regiment was fell simultaneously. The whole regiment was then ready to march at an instants notice.

The line of march was taken up on Broad Street and with an escort of one battalion and the band from the Fifth Regiment, the soldiers started on their journey to the south. The street was lined the whole distance with cheering humanity. One old resident told me that it was repetition of the scenes of 37 years ago, and that it was one of the grandest demonstration in the history of Columbus.

Crowds of people gathered along the line to see the soldiers go through. The boys are besieged by pretty girls who beg for buttons and cross guns as souvenirs. As these things must be paid for if found many of the boys who could not resist the smile of the southern girls and will be considerable shy in their salary.

At Loudon, Ohio, two of the boys had their hats snatched from their heads while the train was in motion. To keep a balance on the credit side in their account with the world in general, the boys quietly waited at the next depot and as the train started they "froze" onto a couple of fine pieces of headgear in their immediate vicinity, and everybody settled down in their seats for another nap.

At Cincinnati, several tubs of hot coffee was taken on board, and the boys ate a supper of canned beef and canned bake beans. At this place our cars were switched onto the track of the L. & N. and at 12:30 our journey was continued.

At this writing the train is passing through some beautiful Kentucky country. Dan Colbert is in his element. He is familiar with this region, and is making the boys acquainted with the principle points of interest. At Elizabeth town, he met an uncle, a Mr. Hoskins, whom he had not seen in 20 years.

We will arrive at Chattanooga some time tonight. from that place we will march to Chickamauga Park, a distance of 15 miles. I can not say how long we will shall stay there, but it is believed the time will be very short.

Everybody is enjoying this trip immensely, I believe that we are seeing the end of our good times, and must now prepare for the bitter that is invariably found with the sweet.

NOTES.
The new recruits received their uniforms Saturday. The rest of the equipment will be received at Chickamauga.

Mark Twain's theory: "Be good and you will be lonesome," had a number of believers in camp Sunday. One fellow who made a large fracture in the rules Sunday and who had the pleasure of cleaning the company's street, for the same greatly resembled yours truly.

Guards are posted at both ends of each car and We are not allowed to leave the car for any purpose. First Sergeant Simon has charge of Co. H. Capt. Fasig and Lieuts. Beam and Smith are riding with the officers in a private car.

A goodly number of Bowling Green people came down Sunday and spent a pleasant day in camp.

After a vain attempt to get a place in the regiment, Arthur Corey left for his home in Bowling Green Sunday.

Sam E. Vall of the Sentinel, came down from Bowling Green to see the boys off. Curt Delgarn and C. R. Brewere were at the depot and said goodbye.

 

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