Today is very pleasant. We had a good rest. I bathed
in the James River.
Last night we heard heavy fireing in our rear. Our
troops whiped the Rebs well.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2
Last night rained. Noah & I arose at 4 A. M. found
the sick marching for city point. We packed up & started in the rain. At 2
P. M. we made City P. & found the Regt. I am most dead I thank you. Found
the boys all well.
Welly told me that they whiped the Rebs evry time
they attacked them on the retreat. Today the rebs shelled us a little,
but' our troops even took their battery. Our Regt is on picket.
Oh, My Lord, is today the fourth of July.
A. M. the artillery boys fired a salute of two or three hundred guns. I am
now at the hospital but cant get any rations here.
Today one of the boys stole a box of hard
tacks & a sack of beans, So we will live. Capt. Washburn & CC Hull went
home. At night the sick went to the Regt. The weather is very hot.
Today was sunday but I did not know it un till it was
to late to keep it.
We did not have any thing to (do) only to keep cool
which we done by laying bear leged (bare-legged.)
A. M. the 64th & 57 struck tents & moved back 1/2
mile into the woods & pitched our tents. We have a very pleasant place
The weather is very hot. Themoneter stands at 100 in
the shade. At 4 P.M.
Gen. Mc accompanyed by the President, passed along
the lines. The boys gave them three cheers & the Artillery fired a salute.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
Sick. Last night it rained. For three or four days
past we have bathed in James River. At 5 P. M. the 64th were ordered out
to work on the breast works.
The boys had to work untill1 0 P. M. & at 8 A. M.
this morning they came in wet & tired. It has rained hard all day. When it
don't rain the boys have to drill an hour night & morning.
The weather is cloudy. I feel very weak. At 4 P. M.
the 64th have to go out two miles to work on breast works, return at 11 P.
M. I did not sleep any untill 3 A. M. Saturday.
Today the sun pours down rather. have not heard of
any news of importance.
At 8 A. M. we are called to sign the pay rolls. After
chimes the Regt was paid off. I received $26 & spent same before I
I feel about the same. cant hardly drag (?) to the
sink. The weather is very hot. At 10 A. M. severe headache At 4 P. M. the
64th went out on extra duty again.
The weather is very warm. I can hardly keep cool.
Pedlers are thick as hasty pudding. They double on their money.
Last night we had a heavy thunder storm. Today I went
down to the J.
River & had a good swim. At night it rained & drownded
Mike & me out.
The weather is hot as ever, A. M. & the pedlers &
gamblers are thicker than toads after a thunderstorm shower 6 P. M. it is
A. M. rainy. the weather is quite cool. I am quite weak
can hardly get to the sink. But that is nothing Dr. Kelsys (Nuts) says that
I am playing off & that is quite cheering to me.
Today I have felt a little better. But still am very
weak. We have drawn five days rations guess we are in for a long march.I
bought a watch of J. Matoon, Paid $8.00 for it.
Today has been very pleasant. No divine servis Played
old Sledge un till the Chaplain gave us some tracts to read. Then the
program was changed.
Today it has tried to rain. All is quiet here except
the Lemenade pedlers, who sell all they can make at .10 per glass, ginger
cakes 8 for 25 cents.
The weather is pleasant. Richardsons Division went out
on review. My health does not improve any.
Today we signed the pay rolls for May & June. The
market is full of pedlers Jack has set up a suttler Depot.
Today the boys have gone out on the lines to work on
the breast works.
No pay today. The pedlers are stoped. I went down to
the River & washed my pants & Shirt. (1 drew one Blanket $1.35
Today has been very hot. I have been two miles to find
some sody crackers. found some at last at fifteen for a quarter.
The weather is fair. P. M. Capt Batten (?) has the Regt
strike tents & set them in a line. At dark it rains & some of the boys get
Sunday morn fair. The boys draw new clothes. I drew one
Then we went down to the river & bathed. There I saw
three white ladies.
Very hot. No pay today. But tomorrow shure. No
news of any importance.
At 10 A. M. to the great joy of the 64th Major Marston
the paymaster came & we drew our pay. Mine was $26.00
The times are rather dull as the pedeling is stoped &
the Suttlers have full sway. The weather is very hot.
It looks like rain A. M. P. M. clear & hot. At 12 P. M.
the Rebs tried to shell our Transports. But the gun Boats soon stoped them,
the 64th was called out in line. It rained most of the night.