Civil War Diary of James Cordin Lormor

103rd New York Infantry

January 1, 1864 - January 24, 1865

 

Friday, January 1, 1864

Got up at five o’clock and stayed in camp all day Pork for breakfast, mutton pot pie for dinner, oyster fritters for supper

Saturday January 2

On guard - Colonels orderly - last night very cold and windy , today cold and clear before noon and still is

Sunday January 3

Came off guard 8 o’clock on inspection 4 o’clock inspection by Lieu Col Wittstine

Monday January 4

In camp all day Company drill in fore noon Dress parade in afternoon The brigade band was here and played

Tuesday January 5

Received letter from home Inspection of arms at eleven o’clock On picket at five in the evening Weather warm and rainy

Wednesday January 6

Came off picket Wrote home to Father Weather rather rainy and warm Rain all night Wrote to D. Burlingame In camp all night, talk of enlisting again

Thursday January 7

In camp all day

Friday January 8

Went on camp guard at 8 o’clock in the morning, on all day and night

Saturday January 9

Came off camp guard this morning done nothing but prepare for inspection

Sunday January 10

In camp all day was inspected twice by the Lieutenant Colonel Wittstine

Monday January 11

On grand guard at eight in the morning set up camp 12 o’clock at night and could not get up until daylight

Tuesday January 12

Came off guard this morning in camp all day drill in afternoon

Wednesday January 13

In camp all day no drill today but inspection went on picket at night on a little island near Stormo Inlet

Thursday January 14

In camp all day came off picket in morning

Friday January 15

On camp guard, up half the night

Saturday January 16

In camp all day

Sunday January 17

General inspect in camp all day

Monday January 18

In camp all day

Tuesday January 19

On grand guard all day and night

Wednesday January 20

Grand reverie came off guard at two o’clock

Thursday January 21

In camp all day dug up two trees in the corn-street

Friday January 22

On camp guard

Saturday January 23

Came off camp guard and got ready for Sunday morning inspection

Sunday January 24

Inspection at half past 10:00 in camp all day

Monday January 25

On grand guard One Corp., one Sergt. and twenty men

Tuesday January 26

Came off grand guard Battalion drill in the afternoon

Wednesday January 27

Company drill in the fore noon on picket at night a game of ball in the afternoon

Thursday January 28

I came off picket at 6 o’clock got ready for inspection in the fore noon inspection was at 12 o’clock Brigade inspection on the beach

Friday January 29

On camp guard our company finished the whole of the guard Captain Crosby came back from New York Char C/Gitrander?? and Harpinding? came today

Saturday January 30

Came off camp guard at eight had a game of ball in the fore noon got ready for inspection in the afternoon

Sunday January 31

Got up this morning and stacked arms at five o’clock as usual had inspection at nine weather is very pleasant and warm it is warm enough for April or May

Monday February 1

Got up at five o’clock and stacked arms went on camp guard at eight Weather quite warm, night warm

Tuesday February 2

Came off camp guard Weather warm drill in the afternoon

Wednesday February 3

In camp all day Company drill twice Weather clear and good cool winds got up in the morning and stacked arms as usual

Thursday February 4

Got up at five o’clock got ready for inspection got in line at 2 got back in camp at 6 got supper and went on picket

Friday February 5

Came off picket at six o’clock got ready for review at eight got in line fifteen minutes past six got back to camp at 12

Saturday February 6

Got up at five as usual went to work and fixed our tent The 89 and our boys had a game of ball Weather warm and pleasant

Sunday February 7

In camp all day until night, then on picket at Paunee Landing Received a letter from home and one from Ben Topping Weather warm

Monday February 8

Came off picket this morning No drill wrote home and to Ben Topping

Tuesday February 9

On camp guard three Corp. and sixteen men Weather warm, pleasant signed the pay rolls

Wednesday February 10

Came off camp guard done nothing all day Weather cool, pleasant

Thursday February 11

In camp all day

Friday February 12

Our company on grand guard Weather pleasant got our pay, I got 50,0s (?) got my clothing money

Saturday February 13

Came off grand guard cleaned up a little got ready for inspection

Sunday February 14

Inspection in the morning nothing more until night, then on picket

Monday February 15

Came off picket this morning General inspection at three o’clock Weather cool and windy

Tuesday February 16

On grand guard this morning Weather cold and very windy, blew hard all night

Wednesday February 17

Came off grand guard went to the Doctor’s, got excused Weather cool, little wind

Thursday February 18

Went to the Doctors this morning got free our camp on camp guard Weather cool, little wind, cloudy

Friday February 19

Marked for duty today but not on had a little show last night, saw 19 or 20 (flaka?) together Weather cold, some wind

Saturday February 20

Got a pass this morning went up to the degar? Gallery?, got my paitare? got a three cab went on picket over on Vodgrs? Island

Sunday February 21

Came off picket got ready for inspection at ten o’clock

Monday February 22

In camp all day Marching orders at night

Tuesday February 23

Got up at five o’clock got ready to move at six got over to Long Island at eight In camp at night

Wednesday February 24

On picket at the north end of Long Island had to set up all night had orders not to let any man sleep Our men sent a few shells over into Charleston

Thursday February 25

Came off picket put up our tent and got our knapsacks Weather warm

Friday February 26

In camp all day

Saturday February 27

In camp all day on Long Island

Sunday February 28

In camp all day Sent for a ---- and a ----- Weather is very pleasant very warm nights, cool but moonlight rather moon is out No expectations on -------?

Monday February 29

Not much new to write In camp all day O yes rather bad news from Grant’s expedition lost a good many men and one battery bad luck mustered for pay

Tuesday March 1

In camp all day

Wednesday March 2

On picket at eight o’clock in the morning no sleep at night Weather, day warm and pleasant – night, clear and cold Rebs fired before dark Our men fired all night

Thursday March 3

Came off picket at nine o’clock Went over to Folly Island bought a watch for $30 dollars came back at three o’clock wind blew hard but it was clear

Friday March 4

In camp all day Weather warm and clear Bennet and myself had a little fun Went to the sullar??

Saturday March 5

In camp all day Weather warm and pleasant

Sunday March 6

Not on duty today took a walk in the fore noon went up to the fort at the end of Long Island Received a letter from Ben Topping.

Monday March 7

On picket this morning received a letter from Father and one from George Weather warm and pleasant, little wind

Tuesday March 8

Came off picket this morning up all night no sleep for the picket here on Long Island.

Wednesday March 9

In camp all day today nothing new Weather pleasant and flies getting rather troublesome at night

Thursday March 10

On picket this morning tide was full and could not get to the post had no sleep tonight Weather cloudy, not much rain

Friday March 11

Came off picket this morning commenced raining at six o’clock rained until nine then it cleared up got my box from home

Saturday March 12

In camp all day wrote to Father Weather warm

Sunday March 13

In camp all day wrote to Martha Weather warm and pleasant

Monday March 14

On picket this morning. Weather warm nats bite hard all day

Tuesday March 15

Came off picket, up all night Weather pretty cool last night, today warm

Wednesday March 16

In camp all day Weather warm and clear

Thursday March 17

In camp all day received one letter Weather, warm day, cool night

Friday March 18

In camp all day received a letter from home

Saturday March 19

On picket. Weather warm and flies Bennet Orekehimer? And one of C’s G.

Sunday March 20

Came off picket this morning had a good time off picket got ready for inspection, had inspection at two o’clock

Monday March 21

In camp all day. Weather wet and rainy No News – our scouts out but no success

Tuesday March 22

In camp all day, it rained all night Our scouts captured two men and two horses – a pocket post

Wednesday March 23

Went on picket Weather warm

Thursday March 24

Came off picket this morning Weather clear and cool

Friday March 25

In camp all day Weather, rained had all morning, cleared up at ten

Saturday March 26

In camp all day Weather warm and pleasant Will and Ostrand? came over from camp

Sunday March 27

In camp all day Weather warm and pleasant

Monday March 28

In camp all day Weather cloudy but warm, looks like rain

Tuesday March 29

On picket this morning got our pay this afternoon Weather, rain this fore noon, cleared up at one o’clock

Wednesday March 30

Came off picket this morning

Thursday March 31

In camp all day Weather warm and pleasant Will and German went back over the ribes today

Friday April 1

In camp all day on Long Island yet it is cloudy this morning, rained hard this fore noon cleared up after dinner

Saturday April 2

In camp all day Weather cold and windy, clear

Sunday April 3

Went over to camp this morning came back at two o’clock Weather pleasant

Monday April 4

On picket this morning Weather rainy all day, cleared up at night

Tuesday April 5

Came off picket this morning it cleared up at night and did not rain at all at night wrote a letter

Wednesday April 6

In camp all day Weather warm and pleasant received my warent as Sergeant, it dates to April 1st

Thursday April 7

In camp all day Weather warm, a little cloudy but no rain

Friday April 8

In camp all day Weather rainy

Saturday April 9

In camp all day Weather cloudy but no rain

Sunday April 10

On picket this morning The veterans started for home today Weather warm and pleasant received two letters today, one from home and one from F. Topping

Monday April 11

Came off picket this morning Weather pleasant Wrote to Father

Tuesday April 12

In camp all day Weather clear and pleasant

Wednesday April 13

In camp all day Weather warm and clear the whole of our regiment came over and relieved the 167 (107?) they are going up to Virginia

Thursday April 14

Went on guard this morning ;ooks like rain, did rain a little in the afternoon.

Friday April 15

On guard, yet not released until night. Rained all night long. Counter sin Charelston. Got released at seven o’clock tonight.

Saturday April 16

Went over to Folly Island this fore noon in camp this afternoon received a letter from home and Ben Topping Wrote home

Sunday April 17

In camp all day had an inspection at two o’clock. Weather warm and pleasant guard mounting at half past six at night

Monday April 18

In camp all day went on picket at night and relieved a Sergeant of Co. F had a pretty good night of it moon light and not cold.

Tuesday April 19

On picket until eight o’clock relieved by Sergeant German of my company

Wednesday April 20

Went over to Folly today got a letter from Dewitt and answered it

Thursday April 21

In camp all day. Weather warm and pleasant. Sergeant Hameraurs on picket. Sergeant German gone over to Folly.

Friday April 22

In camp all day until night at seven I went on picket. Weather warm and pleasant.

Saturday April 23

On picket last night. Counterseige Fredricks. It has been a nice moon light night all night. Weather warm and mosquitos bite again.

Sunday April 24

In camp all day. Inspection at ten o’clock. Weather cloudy and looks like rain. Wrote to Aunt Martha.

Monday April 25

In camp all day. Weather warm and pleasant.

Tuesday April 26

In camp all day. Went on picket at night. Weather warm, mosquitos thick.

Wednesday April 27

In picket last night and all day. Counterseige ? Weather warm.

Thursday April 28

In camp all day. Weather warm and pleasant. Some niggars came over to do duty last night so the day won’t be so hard.

Friday April 29

In camp all day. Warm and pleasant.

Saturday April 30

In camp all day. Weather warm and pleasant on picket at night.

Sunday May 1

On picket today. Weather warm last night, clear, no moon. Mosquitos plenty. Came off picket at half past seven.

Monday May 2

In camp all day. Nothing new. Weather warm and pleasant.

Tuesday May 3

In camp all day. Had an inspection at one o’clock. We were inspected by Capt. of Co. B. Weather warm and pleasant. No new of any kind.

Wednesday May 4

In camp all day. . Weather warm and pleasant. We have had no ? in 15 days.

Thursday May 5

Went over to Folly. Got back at two o’clock. Got a lbs of bottles. Sold be gain but got no time.?

Friday May 6

Went on picket last night, came of at eight tonight. Mosquitos very thick, weather warm.

Saturday May 7

Went over to Folly this fore noon. Came back, got my dinner, and went back at five again. The rebbs fired two or three shots at our picket.

Sunday May 8

In camp all day. The rebbs fired at our picket again today. We have inspection of arms at three o’clock.

Monday May 9

Went over to Folly, got back at 12 o’clock. Went on picket at seven at night.

Tuesday May 10

On picket all day. Mosquitos very bad. Our men sent a few shells into Gains Island. They fired from Leong and Folly and Mores Islands.

Wednesday May 11

Our men threw a few shells into secessions will last night but they did not answer it. Been over to Folly today. Weather looks like rain, wind bad and sand flies.

Thursday May 12

In camp all day. Weather warm and pleasant. On picket at seven. Looks a little like rain.

Friday May 13

On picket. Rained very hard in the night. Mosquitos and flies bite hard. Weather warm and pleasant today. Received a letter from E. B. Hanson.

Saturday May 14

Moved our camp today. Weather warm and pleasant.

Sunday May 15

Got our tent up. Received a letter from home and from Dick Sutherland and C. Stage. Weather warm and pleasant.

Monday May 16

In camp all day. Weather warm. Sergt. Tameraux on guard last night and today.

Tuesday May 17

In camp all day and night. Weather warm and pleasant.

Wednesday May 18

In camp all day, on picket at night. Weather warm and rainy. Rained quite hard until night and then cleared up.

Thursday May 19

On picket last night and today. Weather clear and warm. Had a good show. Came off picket.

Friday May 20

In camp all day today. Weather warm and pleasant.

Saturday May 21

Today myself and four men moved up to the south end of Leong Island. We are detailed in Co. H to do picket. We got here and got our tent up at three o’clock.

Sunday May 22

We fell in at three o’clock. Crossed the river at – about half an hour then started for James Island. We had a little skirmish with the rebbs, it lasted about an hour then we went away.

Monday May 23

We got home about half past six last night. In camp all night.

Tuesday May 24

In camp all day, on picket at night. Our men put the shell and the shot into the -- ?

Wednesday May 25

In camp all day. Tameraux was up to see me today. Weather warm.

Thursday May 26

We got marching orders last night. We took our tents down and packed up our things. Went to Folly Island. We are now on the west end of Folly.

Friday May 27

We moved our camp today. The betts came back. Weather warm and pleasant. We put our tents on the ground for the present. Received a letter from home and from Mavana.

Saturday May 28

In camp all day. On fatigue a little while. Weather warm. We have not raised out tents yet.

Sunday May 29

We had a very hard rain last night. Dress parade and an inspection. After inspection I went on camp guard.

Monday May 30

Came off camp guard this morning. Weather warm. Very fine weather but pretty deep sand.

Tuesday May 31

Went over to Leong Island after a load of boards to fix up our tent. Weather very warm.

Wednesday June 1

We got our tent up today with a little trouble. Weather warm.

Thursday June 2

On guard duty today. Nothing new.

Friday June 3

Came off guard this morning. Rained a little last night. Fleas bite a good deal. Wrote to father.

Saturday June 4

In camp all day. The rest of the betts came home today. Weather warm.

Sunday June 5

On guard today at brigade headquarters. Myself, one Corp., six privates. Wrote to Dewitt.

Monday June 6

In camp today. Wrote to B. Topping. Weather warm and clear.

Tuesday June 7

In camp all day. Weather warm and clear.

Wednesday June 8

In camp all day. Weather very hot, there was not much breeze. Our Com. is on picket at the White House.

Thursday June 9

In camp all day until half past four, then went on picket. Weather warm and clear.

Friday June 10

On picket today. Weather hot until about three o’clock, commenced raining. It rained hard for an hour or two. Got released at half past five.

Saturday June 11

I am not on duty. Went down to the bakery with Tom. Weather warm and clear.

Sunday June 12

In camp all day. Company inspection at eleven. Captain Crosby came back to the regiment today. Weather, had two or three showers.

Monday June 13

In camp all day. Weather, rained most all day and is a little cool. We had nothing but – and ham for dinner.

Tuesday June 14

In camp until four, went on picket. Weather cloudy and looks like rain.

Wednesday June 15

Last night it rained a little, the moon shone a little. This afternoon it is hot. Came off of picket at five.

Thursday June 16

In camp all day. Weather clear and warm.

Friday June 17

In camp all day. Had monthly inspection. We were inspected by Captain of the 41st NY. Weather clear and warm.

Saturday June 18

In camp until half past four then I went on picket. Weather clear and warm.

Sunday June 19

On Picket today. Weather warm. Last night was warm. The mosquitos bit hard. Got relieved at –

Monday June 20

In camp all day. Received a letter from Nate Lormor and one from Father. Answered Nates. Weather warm.

Tuesday June 21

In camp all day. Wrote to father. Weather clear and warm.

Wednesday June 22

In camp all day until half past four then went on picket. Weather clear and warm.

Thursday June 23

On picket today until half past four. Weather warm and mosquitos bit hard all day and night.

Friday June 24

In camp all day. Weather clear and warm.

Saturday June 25

In camp all day. Weather clear and warm. Frank Smith was promoted to Sergeant to day, Thomas Smith to Corporal.

Sunday June 26

In camp until half past four then went on picket. We had company inspection today. Captain Crosby has got command. Major Morrison has got command of the regiment. Colonel Heryhney? has got command of the post.

Monday June 27

On picket all day today until five o’clock. The mosquitos bit very hard today, it has been a very hot day. Came home at half past five o’clock.

Tuesday June 28

In camp all day. Weather hot.

Wednesday June 29

In camp all day.

Thursday June 30

In camp all day until night. We were mustered for two months pay. We got marching orders at four o’clock. We were all in line. We went to Long Island.

Friday July 1

We lay on Long Island all night and all day today.

Saturday July 2

Last night at ten o’clock we left Long Island and went to Tiger Island. We lay there until three then we went to Dames? (James) Island. We drove off the rebbs picket and marched on until we reached their battery. We charged and took it, the we went into rifle pitts in front of Fort James. We lay there all day.

Sunday July 3

We got out of the rifle pits at nine o’clock. We retreated back to our rifle pitts on the south end of James Island. We stayed there all night. We put our pickets out as soon as we got there. We – twice in the night. We lay in the entrenchments all day.

Monday July 4

Nothing new on our part of James Island. It is reported that our men charged on Fort Johnson. Last night we lost 20 men killed and taken prisoner. We lay in the entrenchments all day. It is so hot that the men are suffering very much. A good many are sun stroke, a good many have died.

Tuesday July 5

There is nothing of import. The rebbs have thrown up some rifle pits but they don’t trouble ours. Our gun boats lay in the river on the south side of James Island. They shell the rebb fortifications a good deal.

Wednesday July 6

Last night it was quite still. Today I was detailed for ordinance Sergeant of James Island, so I am not with the company anymore. I left James Island and went back to C - - Island.

Thursday July 7

Things are quite still. The rebbs don’t’ show themselves much and our men are pretty still. I have done nothing today but sit around and be still.

Friday July 8

We were waked today by hard volleys of musket firing on Johns Island. General Hatch, they say, had a hard fight with the rebbs. I have not hear the part. All is quiet along our lines.

Saturday July 9

All was still last night. Today our men are at work mounting a large Columbia gun in a fort on Carter? Island. It is a big one to. They have got two 30 p—and two 12 p – and one ball of two peace on James Island.??

Sunday July 10

It was very still last night. Today our men are talking about retreating from James Island. Everybody has got a great deal to say but nobody knows.

Monday July 11

Last night our men got everything off James Island and took up the bridge. They are going to leave for good this time. We have orders to get ready to move our - - ammunition day time, we have shipped it to Folly Island. I am in my tent now.

Tuesday July 12

In camp all day. Nothing to do but look out for the ammunition.

Wednesday July 13

In camp and at the dock all day Weather very warm with a little rain

Thursday July 14

At the dock most all day in camp at night no news at all Weather very hot the nights are warm to

Friday July 15

In camp and at the docks nothing new Weather very warm but there most always is a sea breeze that makes it comfortable

Saturday July 16

In camp all day Weather very warm Man’s Island has been shelling Charelston bitg? And Fort Sumpter beig? Hard all day

Sunday July 17

I have not reported for duty yet today Weather very hot but there is a breeze most all the time

Monday July 18

In camp all day we had a little rain last night and this morning this afternoon is clear and warm with and the breeze that is blowing

Tuesday July 19

In camp all day Weather very warm I wrote a letter to Father everything is as guard as can be

Wednesday July 20

In camp all day nothing to do so wrote to Father Weather very warm, hot Lt. Colonel Wettstine is in command of the regiment the Colonel is under arest

Thursday July 21

In camp all day Weather fore noon very hot after dinner it began to blow and in about 10 min it blew up a rain in afternoon we had a very heavy thunder shower

Friday July 22

In camp all day Weather warm and pleasant

Saturday July 23

On camp guard today Weather cloudy and cool for this time of year

Sunday July 24

Came off camp guard today it is so rainy that they have not had any inspection it stopped raining at one o’clock but no inspection

Monday July 25

In camp all day inspection of tents at 3 o’clock by Lt. Colonel Wettstine Brigade drill at half past three in the afternoon

Tuesday July 26

In camp all day camp drill in the fore noon Batalion drill in the afternoon The Orderly Sergt is sick and I am the Orderly for a few day

Wednesday July 27

Camp drill this morning In camp all day camp drill at night Roll call three times a day

Thursday July 28

In camp all day no drill this morning the Comp are all on picket today over to Coles Island for three days 15 men 2 Corp

Friday July 29

In camp all day we have no drill because our Comp is not here the weather is very hot the flies are so thick that a man cannot sleep unless he is very sleepy

Saturday July 30

In camp all day Weather warm fornoon clear afternoon it clouded up looks like rain Tomorrow I have got to go on three day pickett

Sunday July 31

We fell in at half past six this morning and went over to Coles Island on picket we got over there at nine o’clock it was very hot

Monday August 1

On picket we don’t see many rebbs they keep out of site pretty well they are afraid of a fort that we have got on Coles Island it has got one 100 lbs gun and two 30 lbs rifles gun and 2 more

Tuesday August 2

Still we are on picket our men fired 4 shell 100 lbs shell at the Rebbs picket it made them shoot the pit, the musketoes bite some here the sun is very hot it rained last night

Wednesday August 3

It is very hot this morn we are waiting for the Releaf they came at 10 o’clock the 54th NY relieved us it is hot we got back to camp at 12 o’clock

Thursday August 4

In camp all day Weather very hot Musketoes were very thick last nite Batalion drill this afternoon

Friday August 5

Drill at six o’clock Comp drill in camp all day Weather very hot afternoon a good sea breeze Batalion drill at 5 until 7

Saturday August 6

In camp all day Weather very hot Our Comp is all on picket over to Coles Island Received a letter from Villa Topping and answered

Sunday August 7

In camp all day Weather warm but a good breeze there has been comp inspection our comp is not here so we did not have any

Monday August 8

In camp all day fixed our tent up a little weather very hot

Tuesday August 9

In camp all day I have got the diaree and do not have to do any duty Weather very hot

Wednesday August 10

In camp all day my diaree is not any better our Sergt mess comenced today

Thursday August 11

In camp all day a little sick yet Weather very hot our Sergt mess comenced yesterday for the first

Friday August 12

In camp all day Weather very warm the company is on picket

Saturday August 13

In camp all day Weather warm comp on picket

Sunday August 14

In camp all day Weather very hot the company is on picket yet

Monday August 15

On camp guard General inspection Company came off picket today

Tuesday August 16

Came off camp guard this morning Weather very hot Batalion drill this afternoon got orders to be ready to move

Wednesday August 17

Revalee at 4 o’clock this morning orders to get ready to move struck tents at half past five we marched down to the dock at 9 o’clock got on the boat that night

Thursday August 18

We lay on the boat all night at Storms we started from Storm this morning about five we got to hilton head at noon there we got on the arago

Friday August 19

We left Hilton head last night at sun down we went all night today there is no land to be seen nothing but the dark deep blue sea

Saturday August 20

There is no land in site yet this morning about three o’clock we came in site of land about nine o’clock we got to Tortrissmnrae??

Sunday August 21

We lay on the boat all night this morning we changed boats and started for Washington we ran all day and anchored in the Potomac all night

Monday August 22

We lay until day lite then we pulled anchor and started we landed in Washington at 11 o’clock we lay at the dock until 3 then we marched to fort richardson

Tuesday August 23

We lay in the baracks all night in the morning we moved over to Fort Barnard it is in a very pretty place on the top of a hill

Wednesday August 24

On picket today about one mile from Fort Barnard Weather warm and cloudy

Thursday August 25

Came off picket this morning Weather clear warm half of the company is at another fort I went over to see the boys they were all in good spirits

Friday August 26

In camp all day Weather clear and warm it is more like tiue here than it was on Folly

Saturday August 27

In camp all day Weather very warm but not as warm as SC

Sunday August 28

Inspection at 8 o’clock this morning guard mounting at 10 am on picket Weather warm and pleasant

Monday August 29

Came off picket this morning One man of Co F got scared at his shadow and ran away at 12 o’clock and did not come back untill day lite

Tuesday August 30

In camp all day Weather warm the nights are cool a man can use his over coat

Wednesday August 31

On picket today Weather cool nites cool Leut Lambar is Officer of the day Capt Iurnt is brigade Officer of the day

Thursday September 1

Came off picket at seven this morning the Counter sine last night was jackson it was very cold last night We moved from Fort Barnard at 4 o’clock this afternoon we camw back to fort Richardson

Friday September 2

In camp all day today we drilled on the guns today heavy artillery drill Weather clear and warm

Saturday September 3

In camp all day and on picket at night Our Company is on guard today Weather warm and clear

Sunday September 4

Came off picket this morning Weather cloudy rained in the night but warm Review today we were reviewed by Colonel Heighna act Brigand

Monday September 5

In camp all day – Weather clear all day rained hard at night We drilled on the cannons today heavy artillery

Tuesday September 6

In camp all day Our Comp is all on guard today Weather rained all day Noncommissioned Officers drill today on the heavy guns

Wednesday September 7

In camp all day drilled on the commons Weather warm and clear Took a small walk today we got in site of Washington but could not get over

Thursday September 8

On headquarters guard today Weather cloudy afternoon rained We are waiting patiently for the paymaster

Friday September 9

Came off guard this morning went and got some apples to eat Went over to Fort Ward this afternoon

Saturday September 10

In camp all day today Weather pleasant No paymaster yet we are waiting very patiently

Sunday September 11

In camp all day Weather warm and clear I am pretty near sick today with the diaree

Monday September 12

In camp all day today Weather clear but cool it rains most every night my diaree is not better today

Tuesday September 13

I am pretty near sick today I went to the doctors and got some medison he gave me free from duty Hank went to Washington today he got at 8 o’clock

Wednesday September 14

I went to the doctors today I am no better he gave me some more medison and gave me free it rained more today but cleared off before nite

Thursday September 15

In camp all day and excused by the Doctor it is a clear and pleasant day we had a visitor stay for supper

Friday September 16

I am free from duty today Weather warm and clear I received a letter from Mavana and answered it and wrote one to Dewitt

Saturday September 17

In camp all day today went to the Doctors this morn Weather clear and pleasant had some potatoes and cabbage and turnips for dinner

Sunday September 18

In camp all day today went to the Doc the camp had inspection this morning Weather is cloudy but not much rain had another good dinner and mush and milk for

Monday September 19

In camp all day drilled on the heavy guns this forenoon on fatigue this afternoon Weather clear and pleasant

Tuesday September 20

On guard today at Fort Richardson Weather clear and pleasant

Wednesday September 21

On guard today there is a revue today so the guard is not relieved until 4 o’clock this afternoon Weather warm, our men came home from - - at one o’clock

Thursday September 22

In camp all day today drill twice had a good dinner boiled potatoes and cabbage and turnips Weather warm and pleasant

Friday September 23

Got marching orders this morning we packed up and got in line and started at 8 we went to Washington and took the car for Harpers fery

Saturday September 24

We were on the cars all night we got to Harpers fery at 8 this morning we marched along the river to the - - we camped on the hill

Sunday September 25

We are in our camp all night we have had an inspection today we have orders to be ready to march tomorrow

Monday September 26

Our marching orders were countermanded and we are in camp all day today

Tuesday September 27

We got orders to pack up and be ready at 7 o’clock we fell in and stacked arms until 2 o’clock then we started we marched a little past Charelston the distance of 8 miles there we camped for the night

Wednesday September 28

We got up this morning and started on our march at daylight we marched about 2 miles past Winchester making about 28 miles in all

Thursday September 29

Last night we got orders to leave our knapsacks and one man from each comp to guard them and the Orderly told me to stay with ours

Friday September 30

Today finds me in camp near Winchester there is about 20 sick and our whole regt left here how long will stay do not know

Saturday October 1

We are in the same camp today I am on guard today and was last night we are guarding the knapsacks of the whole brigade

Sunday October 2

We got orders today that every man should pack up and go to his regt with a train that is going to the front

Monday October 3

We started and marched one mile camped again drained five days rations got orders to march again tomorrow

Tuesday October 4

We got up early this morning and got ready to move at day lite and marched 25 miles there camped for the night

Wednesday October 5

We got up this morning at three o’clock and started at 7 we did not go but 12 miles on the account of being bothered

Thursday October 6

We camped last night near Mount Jackson we lay in camp until three o’clock then moved about 3 miles camped for the night we heard that the army was falling

Friday October 7

This morning we got orders to march until our regt came along and then join them The army is burning everything in the Valley except – houses

Saturday October 8

We had reverie at day lite and started on the march at 7 o’clock and went to Strausburg and camped at 12

Sunday October 9

We camped last night near Strausburg we lay in camp all day today inspection at 10 preaching at 3 our men talk a lot about prisoners and 8 Camp 7 way yesterday about 7 miles

Monday October 10

We started this morning at 8 o’clock and marched crost to Fort Royal and camped about 4 o’clock there was a heavy frost last night

Tuesday October 11

Up and ready to march but did not go fell in and camped on the Char --- river

Wednesday October 12

On picket all night and all day today there is no more today, the supply train came in today

Thursday October 13

On picket last night we got our rations last night apples dart we got marching orders we left our picket at 7 o’clock and marched one mile and camped

Friday October 14

We were in our new camp all day and called up at 12 o’clock packed up and started got to Chiddletown at six in the morning

Saturday October 15

We lay in Chiddletown all day and all night and all day today there is more firing today

Sunday October 16

We started this morning for Winchester 13 mi we got there at one and went into camp for the night

Monday October 17

We started this morning at 10 o’clock and got to Martinsburg at siz o’clock the distance of 20 miles

Tuesday October 18

We camped last night near Martinsburg we lay in camp all day

Wednesday October 19

In camp all day today Weather cool washed a shirt today

Thursday October 20

We started this mornong from Martinsburg and marched to Winchester 22 miles and camped about I south of the village

Friday October 21

We lay in camp all day today Weather cool rain winds our men had a hard fight last Monday got drove and drove

Saturday October 22

In camp today more news about the fight the Rebbs drove our men 10 miles then our men rallied and flanked them and drove them --

Sunday October 23

We have inspection at 10 o’clock in camp the rest of the day Weather cool

Monday October 24

I am on camp guard today it is pretty easy guard we got orders to be ready to move at day lite

Tuesday October 25

We got up at 4 o’clock this morning I got relieved by one of my Comp we started at 7 and got to Middletown at 2 went in camp

Wednesday October 26

We lay in camp near Middletown all day done nothing Weather cool

Thursday October 27

We got up early this morning (and started for Winchester) <crossed out, in camp all day got four months pay today

Friday October 28

Got up early this morning and started for Winchester got here at 2 o’clock camped outside of the city

Saturday October 29

We have relieved the 113 for they have gone to the front we put up our tents on their old ground

Sunday October 30

In camp all day I am sick with the diaree they had Comp inspection Weather clear and cool

Monday October 31

I went to the Doctor again today we were mustered for two months pay today

Tuesday November 1

I went to the Doctor today I have the diaree pretty bad Weather clear and cool

Wednesday November 2

Sick with the diaree in camp all day except a short time I was in town to get some potatoes Weather cloudy and rain a little

Thursday November 3

Went to the Doctor today my diaree is much better Weather cool and wet and getting muddy it is most quite – for rainy –

Friday November 4

In camp all day went to the Doctor Weather rain and cold rained almost all night

Saturday November 5

In camp all day Weather cold raw winds a little snow this fore noon for the first this afternoon it is clear but hard wind

Sunday November 6

I went to the Doctor in camp all day Company inspection Weather pleasant and clear

Monday November 7

This morning it looks more like rain and it makes out to be a rainy day

Tuesday November 8

In camp all day wrote to Father it is a little rainy spells

Wednesday November 9

Not on duty today went up to Winchester rained most all night and is very showery today it is getting very muddy and bad

Thursday November 10

We got marching orders this morning at 10 o’clock and started at 12 we marched down the rail road and camp 2 miles this side of Charleston

Friday November 11

We got in camp last night at 12 o’clock and lay here all day today

Saturday November 12

We packed up today and marched 2 miles up the railroad and camped

Sunday November 13

Got up this morning had a good breakfast ordered on picket at 12 hours went on picket along the railroad near Charleston

Monday November 14

I sat by the fire all night it was a very cold night get relieved today at five but not move or go back to the regt

Tuesday November 15

In camp today there is some of my Comp here with me there is three men of my Comp a little way but the regt is six miles

Wednesday November 16

In camp today we come on guard every three days we have a detatchment of 41 men here I go on guard at five o’clock today

Thursday November 17

On guard last night and untill five o’clock today Weather a little warm but the nights are cold

Friday November 18

I was in my tent last night and I went up to the Comp today Weather rather rainy and cool but not cold

Saturday November 19

Went on guard last night at five and relieved today at 5 Weather pleasant and cool

Sunday November 20

Went up to the Camping again today Weather a little rainy no news expected Morbys capturing a picket or two

Monday November 21

Went on guard last night at 5 it rained some in the night today it rained a good deal relieved today at 5

Tuesday November 22

In camp all day today Weather rainy

Wednesday November 23

We are still doing duty along the railroad

Thursday November 24

The gurillas get us up once in a while They have not done anything to hurt anything

Friday November 25

In camp all day today

Saturday November 26

Went on guard today Weather warm night cool

Sunday November 27

In camp all day Weather clear

Monday November 28

In camp all day I spent the day in fixing my tent Weather is very pleasant for this time for the year

Tuesday November 29

In camp all day today got a letter from home and answered it Weather very pleasant and warm

Wednesday November 30

In camp all day today untill 4 o’clock then went on guard the Weather is very warm and pleasant for this time of year

Thursday December 1

On guard today untill 4 o’clock Weather warm and pleasant there was but one shot fired last night

Friday December 2

In camp all day today Weather is very fine for this time of year no news not much rain and not cold

Saturday December 3

In camp all day weather warm but a little rain not enough to make it muddy a part of the 6 Comp went past today

Sunday December 4

In camp today Comp inspection at 8 o’clock The 6 Corps has gone to Marshton were they got ports we don’t –

Monday December 5

In camp today Weather a little cold than it has been in a few days

Tuesday December 6

Got a pass and went up to the regt today on guard at 4 o’clock

Wednesday December 7

On guard today came off at 4 o’clock It has been the finest day we have had in a good while like Spring

Thursday December 8

In camp all day today Weather clear but cold the rebbs are very quiet the don’t trouble us for five or six days

Friday December 9

In camp all day Weather clear and cold the air feels like snow the ground is frost quite deep

Saturday December 10

The snow fell about 4 inches last night for the first time it looks like winter it is cloudy today but not very cold

Sunday December 11

Last night was the coldest that we have had the wind blew very hard in camp all day today

Monday December 12

Last night it was very cold and windy it is very much like winter this morning the wind blows cold and hard but we have got a stove in my tent

Tuesday December 13

I went on guard last night it was cold but not windy on guard all day untill 4 o’clock

Wednesday December 14

In camp today the weather is very warm the snow melts some today I bought a pair of suspenders today I gave one and one forth $ 1 that is a price

Thursday December 15

In camp all day we had monthly inspection at 12 o’clock it is cloudy and snowed a little this afternoon

Friday December 16

In camp all dat the weather is very warm for this time of year the snow is not all off yet but it is going

Saturday December 17

In camp all day today there is no news Weather, it is cloudy and warm but no storm

Sunday December 18

In camp all day today we got the paper of the 17 – it said that Savana is taken but not an official report we hope to hear soon

Monday December 19

In camp all day today on guard at 4 o’clock Weather, it rained all the forenoon

Tuesday December 20

On guard today and last night relieved at 4 o’clock Weather, it cleared off at about 9 o’clock and the moon came up at about 11 and it was cold

Wednesday December 21

In camp all day today Weather cold looks like snow we got marching orders at 7 o’clock this evening

Thursday December 22

We had reverie at 4 o’clock we got our coffe and struck our tents and started at 7 for the regt it snowed hard we got on the car and went to

Friday December 23

We were on the cars all night last night we got to Washington at 9 in the morning we got on the boat but it was froze so we could not get on

Saturday December 24

We got off the boat last night and came up to the Soldiers rest we stayed there all night and all day today

Sunday December 25

We are still in Washington at the Soldiers rest but it is Shong ting and we will get going soon

Monday December 26

We started this morning got on the boat at 6th street warf but the ice is so thick that we cannot get along we go to Alexandria and anchor for the

Tuesday December 27

We lay at the wharf all day Weather is very foggy

Wednesday December 28

We lay at the docks all night and started this morning down the Potomac

Thursday December 29

On this boat all night and all day today we are in the Chesapeake bay today

Friday December 30

We lay off Fort Munroe last night started up the James today

Saturday December 31

We arrived at city point at noon lay on the boat all day Weather cold windy and snow

Sunday January 1 1865

We got ashore last night about 10 very cold today we march up to the front ordered on picket tonight

Monday January 2

On picket last night and today the Rebbs are in speaking dist and right in site there is no picket firing

Tuesday January 3

In camp all day we fixed our tent and chilmbly weather cold in the orning got cold at night snowed

Wednesday January 4

In camp all day weather clear cold and pleasant we worked at our tent I was on fatigue in the forenoon

Thursday January 5

In camp all day weather clear cold and muddy

Friday January 6

In camp all day untill five o’clock then I went on picket Weather clear but not cold

Saturday January 7

On picket last night Weather clear last night today rained all day

Sunday January 8

In camp all day untill 6 o’clock then I went on picket Weather clear and pleasant no firing on the line

Monday January 9

Last night was a fine night to be on picket it was clear and the moon shone brite today it is warm and cloudy and looks like rain

Tuesday January 10

It rained all night hard and it rained all day today there was 6 deserters came over last night it was a good time it was so dark I went on picket at 6 o’clock

Wednesday January 11

On picket last night and today it stopped raining and cleared up and was a fine night there was one deserter came in today

Thursday January 12

In camp all day today Weather warm clear nights cold no news a all to write

Friday January 13

In camp all day got a nice load of wood and sat by a nice fire at night Weather looks like rain

Saturday January 14

In camp all day Weather cleared and is cold

Sunday January 15

In camp untill night then I went on picket Camping inspection at 9 o’clock

Monday January 16

On picket last night and today last night was pleasant and today is warm and clear there was 27 deserters came over

Tuesday January 17

In camp all day today we got the news that Fort Fisher was taken it was taken on the night if the 15th I wrote a letter home and got one last night

Wednesday January 18

In camp all day today and on picket tonight Weather clear cool

Thursday January 19

On picket last night and today Weather clear and cold

Friday January 20

In camp untill five o’clock then on picket Weather rainy all day

Saturday January 21

On picket last night rained most last night and very dark mud very deep

Sunday January 22

In camp all night last night

Monday January 23

The Rebbs made a charge on our picket line last night there was a few men of the 6th NY wounded rainy and warm

Tuesday January 24

We were out all night last night one picket was attacked there was three Rebbs boats come down the river one of our forts hit and blown up we went on picket at night

 

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