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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Note: the Regiment continued their encampment near Gaines Mills

Companies G and F which had been assigned to stand guard to the rear of the First Division's line returned to camp in late morning and reported all was quiet. Further reports filtered in to the 18th's camp all day regarding the previous day's raid including those from wounded troopers of the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry. One of their number stated two regiments of Confederate cavalry had killed almost all their officers and burnt their camp, while at Garlick Landing "two steamboats, two schooners, and twenty wagons belonging to Butterfield's Brigade" had also been put to the torch.

Toward late afternoon five companies were detailed to construct "a coudury road across the Chickahominy swamp and river for the supply train." While three companies called it a day at midnight, Companies C and E continued their labors in the midst of "a beautiful moonlit night" until well after the sun rose the following morning.

Laboring for breath in the Regiment's hospital were 21-year-old Elbridge Shaw of Carver and 18-year-old Englishman George W. Bailey. Bailey's struggle against Typhoid Fever would end in mid-afternoon, while measles would claim Shaw at 5:30 p.m.


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