"Camp Dutton was a beautiful spot, but no place for a regiment to learn its hard and ugly trade," a regimental historian wrote after the war. "Fond mothers and aunts raked the position with a galling and incessant fire of doughnuts, apples, butter, pies, cheese, honey, and other dain: ties not conducive to the suppression of the rebellion, and citizens thronged the streets and environs of the camp from morning till night."
Decades later, three regiment veterans posed for a photograph next to a monument marking the site of Camp Dutton, which remains largely unchanged today. I wonder if they felt fortunate to be alive.
Re-organized as the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery in November 1863, the Heavies suffered more than 300 casualties on June 1, 1864, at Cold Harbor, their first major fighting of the Civil War, and fought in other brutal battles throughout Virginia.