Thursday, February 16, 2012
After supper the Regiment was drawn up into formation for an official announcement. The overwhelming majority half expected to receive orders to march, but instead heard the news of Fort Donaldson's fall. After dismissal, but before anyone could return to their tents, another order followed in quick succession directing the entire First Bridgade to form on the parade ground. There they listened to a rousing speech made by Brigadier General John H. Martindale and then news of the war's progress. Both met with resounding cheers that washed through the adjoining camps until no one could muster the strength to continue any longer. When Martindale ordered Regimental Quartermasters to issue "a gentle ration of whiskey" to those assembled another chorus of deafening cheers rang out for the General.