HISTORY OF MARSHFIELD.
JUSTIN A. CARVER.
Enlisted in the Civil War Oct. 25, 1861, Co. C, 24th Mass. Reg. Vol. Infantry.
"We went first to Annapolis, then to Fortress Monroe, and then our company was sent to Cape Hatteras. We then went to Roanoke Island, where we engaged in the battle of Roanoke, a three-day's battle. I was detailed at night to go on board a gunboat to sail for Little Washington, N. C., where we drove the rebs away. After we landed at Roanoke, the rebs were drawn up in line to receive us and gave us 'Hail Columbia!' but we defeated them and took 2,000 prisoners. Gov. Wise of Virginia was killed in the battle. We then were sent to Newbern, N. C., and were engaged in a great battle there under Gen. Burnside, and succeeded in defeating the rebs. I was shot in that battle in the neck and fell. After a while I got up, and while our army was following up the fleeing rebels, I wandered about all day, endeavoring to find a hospital. We succeeded in finding a hospital tent, and the first night I had to sleep on corn stalks."
The bullet in Mr. Carver's neck or throat could never be extracted. It has been there 40 years, and he has never been able to speak clearly since the day he was wounded.
In giving me this narrative recently, he was not able to speak but little above a whisper, in a husky tone.
"When we went to Cape Hatteras in a gunboat, the tide was very low, and the boat could not move. We were short of water and all we were allowed was a pint a day for our coffee. We could not get cold water to drink for three weeks, and the rebs were planning to capture us while stuck in the mud, but did not succeed. I was discharged from Massachusetts Hospital Oct. 25, 1862."
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