"Up many a fortress wall
They charged—these boys in blue—
'Mid surging smoke, and volleyed ball
The bravest were the first to fall;
To fall for me and you!
These noble men—the nations' pride—
Four hnndred thousand men have died
For me and you!
Good friend, for me and you!
THE rank and file of what afterwards became the 31st Regiment of Illinois Volunteers, and later the 31st Regiment of Illinois Veteran Volunteers, as called during and since the Civil War, first became acquainted with each other, as soldiers at Camp Dunlap, near Jacksonville, Illinois. These men seemed to have been selected at random, from the general mass, and were for the main part composed of the sons of farmers, merchants, and mechanics, all from Southern Illinois, except about two companies. As they were taken directly from their homes to their first encampment by the company officers they had elected, they presented upon their arrival, clothed in every