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Cyrus wrote this entry while the Second Delaware awaited news on when they were to leave Camp Wilkes. The Second Delaware had wintered-over at the camp, established at Drummondtown on Virginia’s eastern shore. The editors of the camp newspaper, the Regimental Flag, reported that the March 13, 1862 edition would:
…probably be the last issue of The Flag from Camp Wilkes, Va, as the Regiment has received orders to be prepared to march at a moment’s notice, but destination not being known, except we go from here to Baltimore, to begin with and thence—from what we can learn—to the South.
Shortly after receiving orders that they were to prepare to leave the Eastern Shore of Virginia, General Lockwood held a “Grand Review and Inspection” of the 2nd Delaware and the Battery “B” of Purnell’s Legion of Maryland. The Regimental Flag reported:
The arms, equipments and uniforms of the men were in superb order, and their marching was such as to challenge the admiration of all beholders. We understand that both the General and the Colonel expressed their satisfaction at the appearance and marching of the men and indeed with everything connected with the review. We feel proud to be able to say this of the troops.