The Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry has been on the March for three days coming from Alexandria Virginia to points unknown to the west. A halt is called on a Maryland road to give artillery the right of way.
It is becoming increasingly clear to the men of Grand Rapids that they're on
their way to action.
The limbers and caissons are moving with some urgency.
Before too long this wrought-iron tube will be too hot to touch.
Infantry always makes way for the guns.
Despite the dust, this is a welcome break for the footsore men from Michigan.
It's an opportunity to take a long pull from a tepid canteen.
Though a battle-hardened veteran, this sergeant always feels anxious
when artillery is on the move.
Time will tell.