Spanish-American War
2nd Regiment West Virginia Infantry

Charleston Daily Gazette
July 12, 1898

At Camp Atkinson.

Regimental Drill Held Yesterday For The First Time.

Field Court Officer and Battalion Adjutants Detailed - Hours For the Sounding of the Various Calls - A Case of Mumps in Camp.

Life at Camp Atkinson has now settled down to the regular routine of military regulations. Battalion drills were held yesterday afternoon and a regimental drill was held, for the first time, yesterday evening. Company drills are held regularly, and squads may be seen all day long learning the positions and movements.

The health of the men in camp continues remarkably good. At sick call yesterday only six cases of sickness were reported, and none of them are serious. There is one case of mumps in camp. Lieutenant Colonel Moore has been detailed as field officer's court for the regiment. He will have jurisdiction in cases where the penalty of the offense does not exceed thirty days' imprisonment and one month's pay.

A general order was issued yesterday detailing First Lieutenant Robert H. Ramsey, Company I, as adjutant of the first battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Moore; First Lieutenant Charles Dryden, Company C, as adjutant of the second battalion, commanded by Major Atkinson; First Lieutenant Karl Kunst as adjutant of the third battalion, commanded by Major Elliott.

A general order was also issued instructing the company commanders to detail the following parties: Cooking party to consist of one non-commissioned officer, one chief cook, and two privates; latrines, two privates; water party, to consist of one non-commissioned officer and two privates; ration party to consist of one non-commissioned officer and two privates. Each company was also directed to detail from his command three privates whose duty it will be, under the direction of the quartermaster, to erect and strike the tents of the regimental headquarters, when moving camp.

The following hours for daily service at the camp will be observed until further orders:

First call for reveille, 5:20 a.m; reveille, 5:30; assembly, 5:45;
Breakfast, 6 o'clock.
Sick call, 6:30.
First call for drill, 6:50; assembly, 7; recall, 8.
Fatigue call, 8:30.
First sergeant's call, 9.
First call for drill, 9:50; assembly, 10; recall, 11.
Non-commissioned officer's school, 11:15.
Dinner, 12:15 p. m.
First call for drill, 1:50; assembly, 2; recall, 3.
Officers' school, 3:15; recall, 4:15.
First call for guard mount, 4:50; assembly, 5.
Supper, 6 o'clock.
First call for parade, 6:50; assembly 7.
Tattoo, 10:45; assembly 10:50; taps, 11.
Rolls will be called after reveille, before parade, and after tattoo.

At taps all lights will be extinguished except in officers' and first sergeants' tents. All lights will be extinguished at midnight.

The following calls will be sounded on Sunday: First call for reveille, reveille, assembly, breakfast, sick call, fatigue call, first sergeant's call, dinner, first call for guard mount, assembly, supper, first call for parade, assembly, tattoo, assembly, and taps. First call for church will be sounded at 10:30 a. m. and assembly at 10:45 a. m.

A non-commissioned officers' school will be held by a commissioned officer of the company under the supervision of the company commander.

Commissioned officers' school will be under the direction of the battalion commander.

Among the thoughtful attentions of the good people of Charleston for the comfort and good of the soldiers is the effort of the good literature committee of the young people's societies of Christian Endeavor to furnish good, wholesome reading for them. A large supply of good papers - magazines, etc., has been placed at the disposal of the chapl[a]in, who was very glad to get it, and can use more. There young people also furnished every member of Company A, of Charleston, with a copy of the New Testament - a pocket edition. The chaplain hopes to get from other parts of the State a supply of same from the homes of the other companies.

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