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  "Just a quarter mile more..."


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The story behind the Holmes Brigade motto:
"Just a quarter mile more..."

The following letters are provided by Ft. Scott National Historical Site. They were written by Charley W. Felkner, 48th Wisconsin Vol Inf, Co A. While not a regiment in the real Holmes Brigade, Felkner's letters provide a first person insight to experiences of a late war regiment. He spent most of his time at Ft. Scott, a perenial event for today's Holmes Brigade. The regiment travels from their Wisconsin muster-in camp to Benton Barracks to Ft Scott to Ft Larned. His descriptions of the town and people are particularly fancinating, as well as day to day garrison life.

            March 13, 1865     Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, Wis
            March 19, 1865     Camp Washburn
            March 25, 1865     Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Mo
            April 13, 1865       Paola, Ks
            April 18, 1865       Ft. Scott, Ks
            April 30, 1865       Ft. Scott, Ks
            May 2, 1865         Ft. Scott, Ks
            May 7, 1865         Ft. Scott, Ks
            May 14, 1865       Ft. Scott, Ks
            July 14, 1865         Ft. Scott, Ks
            August 27, 1865    Lawrence, Ks
            November 21, 1865     Ft. Larned, Ks

While not a true story of Holmes history, this fictional story centers around real Holmes members. It is based on the 1989 Atlanta reenactment trip and has a surprising number of (semi-)true and/or exaggerated accounts and references in it. See if you can pick them out.
Here is the story of
Four Bummers and a Baby