THURSDAY, MAY 1,1862
James was up and dressed today. Wrote a short letter to
his father. I have been a little worse today.
He sat up all day. wrote two letters.
Lieut. Pettit is gaining very fast, today
he walked alone, guess he will go to Washington Monday.
James E. Haney died at Hospital near Camp Scott. Today
he feels still
better. Dr. Picot (?) makes his last visit into this
Hospital today. He is going home. I received a present of a pair of boots
and one lb. of tobacco of (from) D. R. Barker.
Packed up our things, engaged a carraige to take the
Lieut to the Dock. left the H. at 10 A. M. We arrived at Miss Thompsons at 2
P. M. Mr. Pettit stood the jaunt well.
Got up & showed (showered?) the Lieut. & Chance. Ate
breakfast at 8 A. M. Went down to the Post Office & .f!ot the Lieut ('s)
trunk. Dined at 3 P.M. Went down & got the payese (? )ILieut 720. Mr. Manley
came to see James.
Went down to the Post Office & brought up the Lieut's
Mefs (mess?) chest.
Then ran around the city all day. But don't like the
After breakfast went after a Barber for the Lieut. At
eleven got a hack & we drove up to Mr. John Douglass. was gone two hours.
Bill three dollars.
A. M. we rode up to George Lawn Hights & back. Then
lounged around untill night. The weather is very hot.
After breakfast got a hack & we rode up to the Capitol,
down toward the Navy Yard & back. Then I went downtown & got the papers.
The weather was very warm. It was to dusty to ride out.
I heard the church bells. It sounded like home.
After breakfast got a hack & we went up to Mr.
Douglass. Made a short call, & back. P. M. I visited the Pat. Office.
We got in the Bup (bus) & went down to the Market.
There we found Mr. Douglap & his daughter with a fine lot of fowers
(flowers?). James walked all of the way back.
Mr E. M. Pettit came before we was up. a how glad we
were to see him. I had a good visit with him. But it rained so that we could
not go around the city.
It is still raining. After noon I went up to Mr. Doug--
& got a fine lot of flowers for James to take home with him. Got back at
Dinner 4 P. M. I feel rather stiff.
Weather Pleasant. With the help of Mr. Manley & Mr.
Pettit I got my pay. $26.00 & Lieut P. got his 209.50. But could not get his
papers through in time to go. In the evening Mr. P & I went down to Mr.
Lieut Pettit got his papers & he left with his father
at 5 P. M. & I, poor cuss of a private, came down from the sublime to the
ridiculous, Souldiers fare.
Took a walk around the Capitol grounds. After dinner
heard a good sermon preached & two songs sung by Miss Rumsy.
Was no boat so I did not report for duty. After dinner
went up to the
Smith ____ Insti . (Smithsonian) From there to
Monument. Then home.
Went to the Provo Martial & reported for duty. he sent
to the quarter Master of the Souldiers retreat, expect to go tomorrow.
WEDNESDA Y 21
Arose at six A. M. drew three days rations & marched
down to the S. boat Arieal (?) at 8. we lay untill 4 P. M., went to d. (?) &
took over 100 carpenters. had a distant view of Mount Vernon. Anchored all
At light we weighed anchor & started. had fair weather
untill we left York T. (Yorktown?) a how hot it was there. From Y. T. went
up Y. R. to White House landing. got there at 5 P. M.
Earley A. M. we left the Boat. A Regular & I made a
little coffee & started for our Regts. Marched 8 miles & found the rear of
my D. Made more coffee & on we went. At night found my Regt. Camp near
It looks like rain. Our R. has moved about J6 mile &
pitched tents again.
It rained all day. I wrote two letters. The boys look
black as H--l & blackguard me for being white & clean. Inspection every
The weather looks fair. Inspection of Arms at 9 A. M.
At 10 divine servis.
We did not march.
It was pleasant all day. We ate our rations & slept.
But was prepared to march at a moments warning. Washed my shirts & e.O.
drilled in the fournoon.
In the morning it rained. A t noon we was furnished
with 20 extra rounds & expected to go into action at any moment. heard
firing all day in Banks Division. In the night was called up but did not
It has been hot as I-I all day. We are expecting to
leave here all day. In the afternoon it rained. But no marching orders.
We got in line at 4 A. M. 3 co? of the 64th & the 5th
N. H. went down to the Chickahomany & built a bridge 1156 feet long. We was
in the water waist deep all day. The weather was hot.
Inspection at 2 P. M. Saw two hundred Reb prisoners
taken at Hanover C. House. At 4 P. M. it began to ram. It was the hardest
thunder storm that I ever saw.
P. M. our Division started for fair Oack (Oaks) to
reinforce Gen. Sedgwick.
Got there at 10 oclock at night. Lay on our Arms all
night. Bumlicued (?) But was Bumlicued.