Friday. A beautiful day after the shower of last night. Had Co. Drill this forenoon & Batt. Drill, inspection & dress parade in afternoon. Spent most of the day in reading Darby’s description of Louisiana, a book published in 1816, which I found in the house. Several of the boys went up the bayou (Courtableau) & got a couple of hogs for the Company. But little meat is issued by the Commissary,–about half rations of fresh, & a very little of salt port—no salt beef. The balance is made up by the men themselves, shooting their own cattle & hogs in the woods. Double rations of salt were brought in the train, for this purpose I presume.