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About the last part of January, 1862, Company B and G were re- lieved l>v other troops ;md rejoined the regiment on Sullivan's Island. During tin- winter Colonel Orr resigned his commission and entered Congress. Lieutenant-Colonel Marshall was now Colonel of the
Colonel Marshall received orders on April i9th, to report with his command at Richmond, Va., at once. Our surplus baggage was packed and sent home at once. On Sunday, April 2oth, we left the Island rejocing that we were going to the seat of war.
The regiment was called by other troops "The pound cake regi- ment," because of our easy position. Our trip to Richmond was slow and tedious. We left Charleston on the evening of April 2oth. When we reached Florence we were delayed the balance of the night. Monday night we reached Wilmington and remained there all night. Tusday we made Welclon. Wednesday morning we took breakfast at Petersburg, Va., and reached Richmond about 12 o'clock noon. We left Richmond in the afternoon on the Fredericksburg road, reaching Guiney's Station after night. Tents were pitched in short order and a good night's rest obtained. The next morning (April 24th), when reville sounded we formed line in about three inches of snow. After remaining stationed a few days we were moved nearer Fredericksburg, to a point near Massaponax church, picketing the roads towards Fredericksburg.
We remained in this camp until the last week in May, when Gene- ral Johnson evacuated Yorktown and Peninsula and withdrew his forces to around Richmond. The commands near Fredericksburg were ordered to Richmond. When we reached Ashland we met some of our cavalry who had that day engaged the enemy on our extreme left wing. Branch's brigade and the cavalry had driven the enemy back before we reached the field.
The next day we reached the Chickahominy above Richmond and camped in a low marshy piece of Woodland. The night of the 2Qth was a night of continued downpour of rain, our camp was a pond ol water, and slop was out of the question. The Chickahominy bottom lands were overflowed and the water extended from hill to hill.
The battle of Seven Pines was fought May 3ist and June ist.
Our command was moved down the Chickahominy Saturday. May 3 1 st. We could hear the battle of Seven Pines raging as we moved down the river. We were not engaged in the fight. A few shells were thrown by the enemy in our direction.