Wednesday, January 1, 1862
Was in Camp RC Fenton Washington D.C. We
did not drill any. The day seemed more like the fourth of July than the
first of January. Wrote two letters.
The weather is clear and cold.
We drilled about four hours. Today they have got new guns for the Regt. We
have eaten fried bread and now we are reading the news and writing letters.
The national collars was presented to the
Regt. In the afternoon the Regt. went downtown to return their old guns. I
am standing guard in the rain. Stood 3 ˝ hours at once.
Came off at 10, eat my breakfast, at 12
drawed my rations and eat them all up for dinner. Then mend my coat pants
and cap, now J. will write a letter or two.
This morning write two letters, In the
fournoon we received our new guns. They call them the belgium Rifles. this
afternoon I drew some clothes, I drew pants, shoes and cap.
Snowed a little, we layed in our tents all day.
received one letter. I wrote a part of a letter to my sister, retired at 10
oclock at night but did not sleep much.
Arose at three and packed our tents and knapsacks
to march over to Honards Brigade, started at 8. Marched through Washington
and Alexandria, got here at 12, distance 13 miles. Had 600 mules to draw our
bag - pitched our tents, eat a cold supper and turned in.
Turned out at the Revlee abt 5 A.M. received one
letter. Then eat raw beef and cold bread for breakfast, drilled until 11 ,
had a cooked dinner, after dinner slept untill 2, drilled untill 4. Then I
went on dress parade. In the evening wrote two letters.
rained in the forenoon. I wrote two letters, at 2 o’clock drilled until 4 in
the mud with a hard headache. After dress parade cached the rations for fun
and now will write a little.
Rained hard all night. In the forenoon Wells and I went up on the hill and
stole buckload of rails. P.M. Mr. Chapman came here. Received two letters
by mail. did not drill today. The boys raised their tents.
I stood on guard and stole three loaves of bread and a chunk of salt pork to
cook with our beans. Did not sleep at all. And drawed three quarts of corn
George poped for me in the evening. Wrote one letter.
Came off from guard at 8 A.M. Cooked and eat my breakfast. Then prepared
for inspection of the tents. After dinner wrote three letters. Then George I
cooked our supper and of course ate it.
Monday JANUARY 13,1862
Today we cut rails and hand picked logs from the woods to build a stack pen
to set our tent on. Now we have got so much room, I guess I will write a
Last night it snowed about 12 inches. today we did not drill any. I have
written three letters. We have had a nice time cooking and eating and
sneasing at one another.
It was so wet that we did not drill. So we staid in our tents and tried to
keep warm. This morning the 5th N. H. Regt. started out on picquet duty. Our
turn will come next. .
Battalion drill A. M. - P. M. it was sloppy. did not drill. Wells and George
fixed the tent while Henry and I went up on the hill and shot at a mark.
A. M. We went out and shot a few rounds of blank cattriages. after diner
cleaned our guns, formed in for general inspection. In the evening played
eucre and eat popcorn. received two letters.
Hugaboom and I stood on guard. It rained hard all day and all night. We had
a delightful time.
At ten oclock came off guard. At twelve the 5th N. Y. Regt. came in with ten
cows, two mules and one prisoner. After dinner tried to sleep but could not.
received one letter And wrote two letters.
A. M. practiced firing with blank cattriages, saw a funeral procession from
the 5th N. H. Regt - P. M. cleaned our guns and bucked down some wood. Wrote
one letter in the evening.
A. M. rained fired blanks. P. M. Pleasant, did not drill. Wrote 1 letter,
made a cupboard, in the evening I mended a pair of socks. Now will write a
letter for a change.
Hank & Welly split out some slabs & in the afternoon we laid a floor in our
tent. It is tip top. We did not chill any. I wrote one letter. John Well's
remains was sent home.
I reported sick, did not have to go on guard. Have done the cooking for W.
who is on guard. This evening I feel a little better.
I was sick. did not go on duty. Mr. E.M. Pettit came to our camp. It seemed
like home to see him once more. In the night it rained & snowed very hard.
No roll call.
A. M. Funeral in the N. H. Regt. We had the day to do our washing. After
dress parade the General drilled our Regt two hours.
Inspection of Arms & knapsacks at 9 oclock; at 11 church servis Received one
letter. Wrote part of an answer to it.
Hugaboom & I was on guard in the afternoon George brought me two letters.
The Brigade fired blank cattriages. The countersign was Arbella.
Came off guard at 10. Cleaned our guns eat breakfast & slept untill two
oclock. Then went out & drilled in the Regt drill. Had a severe headache.
Brigade drill all day. Have had a severe direa but that is nothing for a
soldier. After drill received one letter.
Rained all day. Did not drill. We did not get our pay. At night about
fifteen of us got boots. I happened by chance, to get a pair. Mr.
Macutcheon tents with us.
The 64th started out on picquet duty. We are about four miles from camp. The
weather was quite fair. our quarters are not very good. It snowed all night.