February 17, 1863

2-17[Louisiana] Tuesday.  Rainy all day.  Had no drills or inspection.  Have spent most of the day in the tent, writing, & preparing Company papers.  Am trying to arrange my Co. accounts so that if I live to make another “quarterly return“ I may do it with less labor & perplexity than I have been able to do the last.  I turned over to the Col. today 8 guns & sets of accoutrements belonging to sick men who are not likely to use them for a long time.  This relieves me from the trouble of keeping them in my own hands, & from the danger of losing them.  I now have but three sets in my hands, & hope the men to whom they belong will soon be able to take them again.

Last night some of our Cavalry pickets were fired upon by rebel cavalry, & one of our men shot in the ankle, breaking the bones so badly as to make amputation necessary, which has been performed on him today, in the Genl. Hospital. Continue reading

February 16, 1863

2-15[Louisiana] Monday.  Cloudy in morning.  Lt. J. drilled company in firearms.  Self writing.  In afternoon had Regimental Inspection by Lieut. Brown, which took till nearly night.  This evening attended School of Instruction for Officers, by Capt. Denslow, of the N.Y. 6th, subject “skirmishing.”

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February 15, 1863

2-15[Louisiana] Sunday.  Had no military orders to do.  Services in forenoon.  Sermon by Mr. Wardwell—a good faithful, practical discourse.  Weather cloudy & warm.  This evening it is raining again.  Prayer meeting at Quartermaster tent.  I have not attended.  The Col. told me today that we are to turn over our tents & be furnished with “shelter tents”.  This looks like a move into the field.  It may come within a few days.  It is said that the Brigadier, General Dwight, has arrived & is to take command—hope he is a different man from Col. Wilson.

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February 13, 1863

[Louisiana] Friday.  Being “Officer of the day,” I have had a pretty poor chance for working on clothing return, & have made progress in it.  This evening have nearly finished it, & hope to get it off my hands tomorrow, if possible.  The first of the evening attended the school of instruction for officers, & since that—it is now about midnight—have been busy at my return.  The weather is again showery, & promised to be dull tomorrow—if so, the Reg. Inspection that is ordered will probably be postponed.  Nothing of interest has occurred today, & as I was [illeg. word] a large part of last night think I will “turn in.”

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February 11, 1863

[Louisiana] Wednesday.  Sat up till about 2 o’clock this morning preparing the packages of money that the men wished me to send home for them by Express.  This morning went down in town & put the money in the Express office—five packages, amounting in all to $1932–$275 of it for men out of the Col. & the balance, $1657, for the Officers & men of the Company.  I sent $200 of my own money to Pamelia in the package to Father—Lt. R. sent $202—Lt. J. $200 to his wife.   Sent $464 to Hon. Isaiah Stetson, of Bangor, to distribute for men belonging to several towns.   Sent $785 to H. K. Dexter, E. Corinth, including $202 for Lt. R.–$210 for Dr. Huckins, & $45 for two men of other companies.  I was glad the men sent so much home, for it will do the families a great deal of good.  Several send their money by mail, & I think there will be at least $1800 sent by us all.  This afternoon have been arranging my Clothing account.  Corp. Spooner began to cook for us today, as our darky[!] cook has disappeared.  Put a letter in the mail for Pamelia, & inclosed a note to Father, informing him of the remittance by Express.  This afternoon while on Batt[alion] Drill, as the Co. were firing blank cartridges, Ellis Smith carelessly discharged his gun with the muzzle close to Corp. Jordan’s head, the powder & wad being blown into the flesh, making quite a wound, though if properly cared for it will not be likely to prove very severe.  It is very wonderful that more accidents have not happened from the carelessness of the men, while using ball cartridges.

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February 9, 1863

[Louisiana] Monday.  Got to work on Clothing return in morning, when the Colonel came in with our Co. pay rolls which I had made out the last of December, & said the men must sign them as soon as possible, as the payment was here ready to pay off the reg. immediately.  Sent out for the Company to come in from drill, & spent the forenoon in getting them to sign.  Lt. R. then took the rolls & went out where Lt. J. & some of the men were on picket—got their signatures, & returned.  I then went down to the hospital & had the sick men sign.  All were able to do so except York, who was too feeble.  I found Gorham Gould much better, & contrary to my expectation, able to sign his name.  While in the room with Gould a young man by the name of Bragdon of Dover, belonging to Co. I was taken with an epileptic fit, and died in a few minutes.  Thus suddenly our men taken away.  May we all give heed to the warning, “Be ye also ready.”  I found Corp. Varney, who has appeared lately to be gaining, feeling very much discouraged about himself.  I have always felt much interest in him, & have had strong homes of his recovery, but fear that in his present despondency the case is at least a doubtful one.   I also found Albert Brown taking a discouraging view of his case—said he was growing weaker, was losing his appetite, & that his diarrhea had set in again.  I wish to do all I can for the comfort of these sick men but can be but little in their present situation.  If they could have the care and the little luxuries that they would have at home I believe they would get well—as things are here their cases are discouraging.

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February 5, 1863

[Louisiana] Thursday.  A very cold raw day—have found it hard to keep comfortable in the tent, even with our little cooking stove.  Finished my Ordnance Return.  In afternoon there was a short Batt[alion] Drill—our Co. out with the Lieuts.
This evening a small mail arrived—but there was no letter for either of us Officers.  The letters for our Co. were nearly a month old—few of them having been mailed later than the 8th of Jan.  There must be another mail soon, I think.  Poor John Loud gets sad news—the death of his mother.  He is one of the best of boys, stead, moral & amiable, & had a very warm affection for his mother, who is spoken of as having been worthy of his deepest love.  I remember seeing her for a moment as the cars were moving out of the depot at Newport—had a few words with her & her husband, & as we moved away, her last words to me were, “Take good care of Johnnie—he is a good boy.”
May the loss be the means of bringing him to the Savior, & may he find him a present help in his affliction.

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February 3, 1863

[Louisiana] Tuesday.  Clear & cold.  Had a Reg. Inspection at 2 o’clock, P.M., by Lieut Brown, of Gen. Grover’s Staff.  He inspected arms, knapsacks, tents, & company & Reg. Books.  Have been busy making up Quarterly Return of Ordnance Stores, & have completed it tonight (now about 11 o’clock).  Attended prayer meeting this evening—a very good meeting.

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February 2, 1863

[Louisiana] Monday.  Rainy all the forenoon—the Reg. inspection postponed on account of the weather.  Was engaged in making up my quarterly return of Ordnance & Ordnance Stores.  In afternoon Lt. Jerrard took the Company our for skirmish drill.  This evening I went down to the tent of the Adjutant of the 6th N.Y. & got some information on the subject of making Clothing & Ordnance returns, & on other matters pertaining to the keeping of Company accounts.  Found the Adjutant (Francis) a very pleasant & accommodating fellow.  Did not attend the prayer meeting on account of the necessity of making up my returns as soon as possible.  This evening the wind is rising, & appearances indicate another cold snap.  Finished a 12 page letter to Pamelia last night, & mailed it this morning.  Also printed a little letter to Ikie, & enclosed it in Pamelia’s.

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February 1, 1863

[Louisiana] Sunday.  A mild showery day—no military exercises & no public religious services in the day time.  This evening we had a good prayer meeting in the Quartermaster’s tent.  The time was very fully occupied & all seemed happy to be there.  The tent was full, & I hope the meetings this week will be more fully attended than they were the last.  We hope to have the Surgeon’s tent for the meetings, as it will accommodate more than any other on the ground.  Wrote letters to the fathers of Levi Gardner & Robert F. Wiggins, who died at Chesapeake Gen. Hospital in December.

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