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For Brotherhood and DutyThe Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862$
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Brian R. McEnany

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160627

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160627.001.0001

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McCrea Joins the Army of the Potomac

McCrea Joins the Army of the Potomac

(p.127) 5 McCrea Joins the Army of the Potomac
For Brotherhood and Duty

Brian R. McEnany

University Press of Kentucky

After graduation, Tully McCrea travels to Washington and finds he cannot get orders until Congress approves the promotion of him and his classmates as second lieutenants. Almost a month later, an article in the New York Times changes his graduation assignment as General McClellan ordered all artillerymen in the class to be reassigned to the Army of the Potomac. McCrea travels from Washington to Fort Monroe and then up the James River to reach Harrison’s Landing, the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac. This chapter covers camp life and McCrea’s first unit, Company I, First US Artillery, in the Union Second Corps. He soon falls ill, a victim of “swamp sickness” and enters the hospital at Fort Monroe when the Second Corps moved north to Washington in August 1862.

Keywords:   Harrison’s Landing, Camp Life, Union Second Corps, Camp Illnesses, Union Hospitals, First US Artillery Regiment, Army of the Potomac, Kirby’s Battery

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