150 Years Ago on Diamond Hill – Punishment in the Army

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Jan. 12, 1862 – Pressley Boyd writes a letter to his brother Thomas from camp in Rock Run, Virginia. Thomas is training around Charleston, South Carolina in the newly minted 19th South Carolina Infantry.

According to Pressley, Company D of the 7th SC, which he and Daniel belong, are quite dissatisfied with their current officers. One thing of note in this letter is Pressley’s account of seeing three soldiers from another state being punished at Manassas Junction. He said that they were bound “with ther hands tied up to a pole so they had to stand on ther tip toes and ther feet in stocks for too or three” hours.

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