January 2, 1863

Jan, 2d.  We woke this morning about 4 o’clock by the Sergt. Major who said we were to hold ourselves ready to call our companies at a moment’s notice, that the outer pickets had been driven in by the rebels & that they were sending up rockets as signals.  We said nothing to the men, not wishing to disturb them till they should be needed.  I felt hardly able to stand, but intended to go with my Company should we be called out.  There was no further alarm, however, so we kept quiet till daylight.

Issac Winslow Case Diary [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Coll.]


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