The Boys Being Put on a War
Brief Notes from Chickamauga - Private Yonker
Improving-Private Catlin in Hospital
Camp George H. Thomas
Chickamauga Park July 10 1898
The 3rd battalion broke camp at 1 o'clock this morning
and moved in heavy marching order to the rifle range
about 6 miles to the east of camp. Here a temporary camp
will be established and the battalion will be given three
days of rifle practice. The men carried their ponchos,
blankets, and "pup tents" witht hem and will be
required to eat field rations during the stay. In
addition to rifle practice this trip will give them an
idea of campaigning as their equipment and mode of
camping is the same as when long marches and temporary
camps will be in order.
A local paper says that 3500,000 field
rations are to arrive in Chickamauga this week. This
amount of food will feed 3,500 men 100 days and if straws
show which way the wind blows, this fact maybe accepted
that an early movement of troops is intended.
The First Ohio Cavalry has received
orders to leave tomorrow morning. Bowling Green boys in
the persons of Mssrs. Roper, Reo and Catlin are members
of this troop and those boys are recruits and have been
in scarcely two weeks, we cannot help but envy their good
The officers of the Second Ohio are
considering the adviseability of purchasing hammocks for
the regiment for use in case we are ordered to Cuba or
Puerto Rico. Sleeping on the ground in those islands is
not conducive to good health, and if we are to go there
hammocks will doubtless prove their usefulness by
preventing much disease.
Private Arthur Yonker, who has been in
the division hospital for the past three days, returned
this morning. He is not well by any means but prefers to
be treated in his quarters. Private Catlin is confined in
the hospital with a rupture. He is getting along finely.
With these exceptions the general health of Company H
George Meredith, who has been with the
Company in capacity of assistant cook, has secured a
position in the company wagon and will assist Teamster
Rosencrook in handling the move, receiving $30 per month
as pay. Private Ordway is assisting the cook at present.
The new corporals of Company H are
Clarence Richards, Thomas Deihl, Boyd Campbell, Scott
Rosedale, Jack Stacker, Thomas Loman. All passed the
examination receiving excellent grades.