May 6, 1863

8Wednesday.  Reveille beat at 3 o’clock this morning.  Turned out & had a warm breakfast of baked beans from the Co.  Commenced the march just before sunrise.  The road for the first two miles was very dusty, but after that we marched across the prairie, & there being a cool north wind blowing we got along very comfortably.  The 114th N.Y. marched ahead of us, & we halted about 10 o’clock in a fine grove of China trees 10 miles from New Iberia.  Made coffee & ate our dinners & then many of us lay down in the shade & took a nap.  Started about 2 p.m. & marched across the prairie about seven miles further.  Stacked arms before sunset & permission being given to draw fresh meat, the boys soon brought in fresh port, & young pigs enough for all.  Corp. Herrick went out with Houston & got a fine veal calf, but as we had made a supper on fresh port, kept the veal for breakfast.  Lt. J. & Myself camped down in our blankets without any tent & slept well in spite of the fleas that tried their best to keep us awake.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]


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