SECOND MARYLAND ARTILLERY.
IT was towards the close of .a pleasant day in October, 1861, that the First Mary-
land Infantry dragged its wear) length into camp near Cemreville, after a long
and fruitless expedition to Pohick Church, in search of the enemy. Things
seemed much changed, indeed, since their departure, for in their absence a battery
of artillery had invaded the sacred confines of their camp, and a scowl was observed
upon more than one face, for we were jealous of our rights and dared maintain
them. Judge then our surprise when informed it was a battery manned by brother
Marylanders, and called the Baltimore Light Artillery. They had just been
organized at Richmond, and forwarded to the army at Centreville during our
absence. They were welcomed, most heartily welcomed, and it was not long ere
we discovered old friends and acquaintances among them.
Before many hours had elapsed we paid our respects to the officers of the
battery, and found them to be the true type of the Maryland and Virginia gentle-
men. But here they are :
Captain J. B. Brockenborough was a Virginian, a graduate of the Military
Institute at Lexington, and a son of Judge Brockenborough. whose name is so
well known to the people of the South. He was a young man, not long from
college, but in that intellectual face you read more than the ordinary man. and the
honor and glory with which he subsequently enveloped his fine command is a
matter of history.
His First Lieutenant, W. Hunter Griffin, was also a Virginian, but had been
engaged in business in Baltimore for many years. Brave, noble-hearted Griffin;
how little I thought, as for the first time I took his band, we should pass together
through so many stirring scenes in the field and prison, for with the mention of
his name appears before me all the horrors of the retaliatory dens and dungeons
of Morris Island and Fort Pulaski. There we shared between us the wretched
pittance given to sustain a bare existence, and there we more than once divided our
Second Lieutenant, W. R. Bean, was a Marylander. and a fine officer and
Third Lieutenant, George Wilhelm, was also a Marylander. and during the
little while he was with the battery proved himself an efficient officer. On his
resigning, the dashing McNulty was appointed to fill the vacancy.
The personnel of the men was unsurpassed in the army, and was it a wonder,