One hundred fifty years ago, on September 3, 1863, Robert McMahan of the 25th Ohio Battery reflected on the second anniversary of his enlistment:
Just two years ago this morning I left home for Canfield where our Mahoning Company for Wade & Hutchins cavalry (2nd O.V.C) was to meet and organize. War not over yet. Thousands have fallen and thousands more will yet fall before peace with all its blessings and enjoyments will again be ours. But conquer we must and will (Deo Volente) for the great principles of liberty and self government are at stake. For should we fail, the onward march of liberty in the old world will be retarded at least a century and monarchs, kings, and arisocrats will be more powerful against their subjects than ever. But God and right, and might are with us and we cannot but conquer in the end.
We draw our water from the bayou.