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 July
1862


Chauncey's School award and closed Diary

JULY 1

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.  

THURSDAY 3

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.

FRIDAY 4.

            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.

SATURDAY 5

            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.

SUNDAY 6

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.)

MONDAY 7

A. M. the 64th & 57 struck tents & moved back 1/2 mile into the woods & pitched our tents. We have a very pleasant place now.

TUESDAY 8.

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.

THURSDAY 10

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.

FRIDAY 11

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.

SATURDAY 12

Today the sun pours down rather. have not heard of any news of impor­tance.

 

SUNDAY 13

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 slept.

MONDAY 14

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.

TUESDAY 15

The weather is very warm. I can hardly keep cool. Pedlers are thick as hasty pudding. They double on their money.

WEDNESDAY 16

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.

THURSDAY 17

The weather is hot as ever, A. M. & the pedlers & gamblers are thicker than toads after a thunderstorm shower 6 P. M. it is raining again.

FRIDAY 18

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.

SATURDAY 19

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.

SUNDAY 20

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.

MONDAY 21

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.

TUESDAY 22

The weather is pleasant. Richardsons Division went out on review. My health does not improve any.

WEDNESDAY 23

Today we signed the pay rolls for May & June. The market is full of ped­lers Jack has set up a suttler Depot.

 

THURSDAY 24

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

FRIDAY 25

Today has been very hot. I have been two miles to find some sody crackers. found some at last at fifteen for a quarter.

SATURDAY 26

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 wet.

SUNDAY 27

Sunday morn fair. The boys draw new clothes. I drew one blouse 2.50.

Then we went down to the river & bathed. There I saw three white ladies.

MONDAY 28

Very hot. No pay today. But tomorrow shure. No news of any importance.

TUESDAY 29

At 10 A. M. to the great joy of the 64th Major Marston the paymaster came & we drew our pay. Mine was $26.00

WEDNESDAY 30

The times are rather dull as the pedeling is stoped & the Suttlers have full sway. The weather is very hot.

THURSDAY 31

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.