SATURDAY, MARCH 1
Came off from guard at eight. Cleaned our guns, ate breakfast,
then slept untill noon. P. M. did not drill. Weather clear & cold.
9 A. M. Inspection. 11 churcs series by the 81st Chaplain.
After chines received a letter from Mr. jemison, & answered it, Then wrote
a letter to Sylvia P. Joslin. Some snow.
Rainy, no drill, received a letter from mother & Bill. In the evening
answered them. Finished the novel._called Captain Hank the dashing
At 8 A. M. went out on the R. R. guess we have left the Camp for good.
Stoped 12 miles from Alexandria in pine woods. Built two houses & stoped
for the night. hard bed, did not sleep any. It was a very cold night.
Three letters Mr. A. W. Mass, J. F. S. & one from Nichole.
Countersign COURAGE at 8 A. M. Co. A sent out as picket guard.
Wellington & I stood together, two hours on & four off, the weather
pleasant, cold nights. fed hard bread & salt horse, at night slept four
I feel like a fighting cock. went on guard at 8. After dinner slung
knapsacks & advanced 7 miles. Stoped 3 miles south of F. F. C. H. Marched
into a pine grove, built ten houses & slept like a hog. Salt horse all
gone. hard bread . steady.
Not any rain yet, bless the Lord. hard bread gone. Made an advance on the
Suttler (sutler, one who sells provisions to soldiers.) Pickets of
the 64th shot one Rebel Cavleryman. At 6 we went on picket, Welly & I was
on the farthest post. Stood guard all night without any fire. Countersign
Came off guard at 10., then slung our knapsacks & marched back to camp
hard up, then marched back to Springfield station, 9 miles, built our tent
& slept all night at Camp Henry.
Arose at 7, feeling tip top. Cooked our grub & eat. Prospected no
inspection bless the ----. Weather very pleasant 11 oclock P. M. our Co.
slung knapsacks & marched 2% miles to guard a R. R. Bridge.
At daylight went back to Springfield Station. Then the whole Division
marched a roundabout way &- camped 2 miles from Burk Station:-ˇ The way
the dry goods flew by the (way'side) was not slow. I did not dispose of
any but guess I will Tuesday. All day without rations
Slept tip top. Arose, eat a breakfast out of what pork we foraged
yesterday & some good old hard bread. A. M. started forward. Marched five
miles & camped at Fairfax Station. foraged our supper.
WEDNESDA Y 12
We moved onward about five miles. Camped at Union Milles. About 50,000
made a supper of Rebel Beef. We are situated about three miles south of
the place where the battle of Bulls Run was fought. Received a letter=R.
A. M. held ourselves in readiness to march at a minutes notis. P. M. five
or six of us went out forageing. Hugaboom & I stoped & viewed the Reb
encampment. I should think that they lived high. At night I was on guard.
Went with the Capt. & four of the boys down to Manasses. The d-d Rebs had
burned the whole town. Guess they must have been pretty badly scart. got
home at dark with plenty of hams.
It rained all day. We had a splendid time, our brush shanties did
not turn the water very well. At night Welly and I deserted the boys &
went into a sesesh Barn but did not sleep any.
Revelee at four oclock. At seven we started for Fair Fax
House. Distance 12 miles. Got there at two. built tents, cooked & eat
supper. Then at 6 the long Roll beat & we had to march back to our old
We got here about two o'clock. Some of us got into shanties & others lay
out on the ground. got up in the morning stiff as a pack horse. Drew a
little hard bread & marched about three miles. Camped in the Rebbles
William C. Kelly died. Received a letter from mother. At ten oclock went
to see Lieut Pettit who was left sick at a private house Sunday. I found
him very sick with the Typhoid Fever. took him to Alexandria/ Clearmont
I sat up all night with him. he was crazy all night, tried to get up. In
the morning he was a little more quiet. Slept most of the P. M. Wednesday
night he rested well, wrote one letter to his father & 1 to Capt.-
A. M. he was removed to the general Hospital where he will have better
attendance. Today he is out of his head, but knew me all the time. was some
better during the night.
Lieut was better. wrote to his father to that affect. After dinner started
for Camp. Stopped at F. F. C. H. (Fairfax Court House?) & stayed with Henry
Young. It rained & we had a delightfull time.
Marched to Mon Y Mills. found the boys all well eating and playing up
Annicondia found a letter from Miss H.
The Capt. got a pass for me to come back & take care of Lieut. J. M.
Pettit. Started after breakfast. Staid all night with Henry Young at F. F.
Went to the Station & waited all day for a train. got to the Hospital at
eight in the evening. Found Lieut. very low, Sat up with him all night.
wrote a letter to Miss Shearer.
This morning he appears a little better. Sent a dispatch to his father.
He rested very well all day. I sat up with him half of the night, received a
letter from L. M. & answered it.
Lieut is about the same, not so much pain in his chest. think the blister
done him very much good, I sat up all night again. he was very restless.
he is a little better, Mr. Barker came to see him. I sat up with him part of
He is about the same this morning. Afternoon he grew worse. at night he
groaned very hard. after 12 o'clock he was a little easier. sat up all
MARCH 29 SATURDAY
The weather is quite cold. Snowed a little. The Lieut. is a little better. I
slept part of the night.
he is about the same, very high fever. In the afternoon he rested quite
well. I enjoyed another nights rest.
I am with James still. have a little hopes of his living it through. I
watched with three sick men one half of the night.