January 1, 1863

Jan. 1st.  This morning before I was out of bed the Col. came in & said we were ordered to move at 9 o’clock, were to go to the campground near the Maine 12th.  We are brigaded with that Reg[iment], the 4th Wisconsin, 2d Louisiana, & [blank] New York, & “Billy Wilson’s Zouaves”—Billy himself being in command of the Brigade as senior Colonel.  We struck tents, packed up baggage, & got into line about 10 o’clock, marched down through town & out east about a mile to our ground, called “Camp Banks.”  Pitched our tents between the 2d Louisiana & [blank].   I had hardly thought to reach the front, & could advance nothing in the way of fitting up our quarters, but left all to the Lieutenant.  I went over to Dr. Thompson’s quarters & spent most of the afternoon.  Returned to camp towards dark, drank a little tea & went to bed.  Have eaten nothing since morning, & then only a little bread & gruel.  My diarrhea is very troublesome, & I am very weak.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]