'Oh how different it would be if whiskey was plenty among the boys, what a number of fights we then would have on every side & still I do not hear of any one dying for lack of it. Of course many may think they would be so much better off if they had plenty. May heaven speed the day when Slavery and drunkenness will have passed away. The first disturbs the peace of our nation and aims at its total destruction & drink murders peace at home in all the land.'
~ Excerpt from the Wednesday, September 30, 1863,
diary entry of James B. Lockney,
Wisconsin 28th Regiment, Company G
The entrance to Fort Pulaski, Georgia, is known as a sallyport, a term dating back to when knights would sally, or go forth, from a castle. This area of the Confederate fort was heavily defended with iron gates and heavy doors.
Union forces under Colonel Edward Baker are defeated by Confederate troops at the Battle of Ball's Bluff on October 21, 1861. This is the second major battle of the war. Colonel Baker, a close friend of Abraham Lincoln, is killed in the fighting.
What did it mean when a soldier was said to be "showing the white feather"? He was displaying cowardice.