Something strange to the ARMY OF THE PACIFIC is it"s yell, "A dead whale or a oven boat!" It has actually been heard from California to Maryland. How this came about may be of some interest to the reader, especially those who discover themselves serving through the AoP for the first time. The word "stove" indicates "busted."

I initially encountered The Whale, by Hermale Melville, on the first 25-mile stretch of the "Tidround Trek" (tracing the route of Capt. T.T. Tidball and also Co. K, 5th Calif. Inf"y, and Co. A, first New Mex. Inf"y in their 1864 scout into the Chiricahua Mountains looking for Apaches). Jay Cooper of the 23d N.Y. read from The Whale (Moby Dick) on at various halts alengthy the march and on Sunday morning. The cry, "A dead whale, or a range boat!" became that of the 23d, and also once assembled, the contagious cry of the ARMY OF THE PACIFIC.

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Moby Dick

Herguy Melville

From The Whale:

When the whole ship"s firm were assembled, and through curious and not wholly unapprehensive faces, were eyeing him, for he looked not unlike the weather horizon when a storm is coming up, Ahab, after swiftly glancing over the bulwarks, and then darting his eyes among the crew, started from his standpoint; and also as though not a heart were nigh him resumed his heavy turns upon the deck. With bent head and half-slouched hat he ongoing to pace, unmindful of the wondering whispering among the men; till Stubb cautiously whispered to Flask, that Ahab need to have summoned them tbelow for the function of witnessing a pedestrian feat. But this did not last lengthy.

Vehemently pautilizing, he cried:- "What carry out ye execute as soon as ye see a whale, men?" "Sing out for him!" was the impulsive rejoinder from a score of clubbed voices.

"Good!" cried Ahab, with a wild approval in his tones; observing the hearty animation right into which his unintended question had so magnetically thrown them. "And what carry out ye next, men?" "Lower away, and after him!"

"And what tune is it ye pull to, men?" "A dead whale or a range boat!"

So there you have it.

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Albeit, tright here is no "historic documentation" for using it as a "battle cry," but the historic sentiment impact is tbelow. We will either come house victorious, or on our shields.

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