March 11, 1863


It cleared up this morning.

Went had a call from Seymour in forenoon. Went over to the 5th in the afternoon – all hands at work building their new houses. Stayed til nine o’clock with Brown.  Came back read some in Harper’s. Had cold in head. Took big draught of hot drink and turned in.

Diary of Henry Hastings Hunt [Henry Hastings Hunt Papers]

March 10, 1863

Camp Chase, Ohio. Private.

Dear wife:

As Alvin has remained with us till the present I have concluded to drop you another note.  I am still well.  I have been thinking a great deal in regard to the condition of affairs and particularly in reference to your situation residing as you do in the midst of strife and contention. I say now as I have said to you before, that I should be much better satisfied if you and the children were elsewhere.  I know there would be many things unpleasant in breaking up and moving but then it is also true that there are many things unpleasant in your present situation.  We are compelled to deal with matters as they are and not as we wish them to be.  Alvin will be with you in a few days.  You will consult fully with him in reference to what is best.  He is a brother, and whatever you and he may determine upon will meet my approval.  The children ought to be at school.  I may be at home soon or I may not.  I cannot tell.  At  this distance from you I do not feel like I have a right to direct you.

May God bless you and the children.  Your Husband, A. W. Hawkins. (Show this to  Alvin alone)

Captain Ashton William Hawkins to his wife [Mellen Family Papers]


March 9, 1863

A lovely spring day worthy of the “Sunny South.” Woke this morning to find the sun shining warm the birds singing and the air redolent of spring’s indescribable perfumes. Went over to 6th in the afternoon. Stopped with Bundy. Luitchell came in and sat awhile in the evening. Staid all night with Brandy. He’s sick with cold.

Diary of Henry Hastings Hunt [Henry Hastings Hunt Papers]

March 8, 1863

West Point

Dear Father,

I will answer your questions as best as I can. As to the shirts, I shall not want them till I get home, I think I can get along tell then. So you need not send them to me hear. 1st.- My checkbook is turned in to the Commissary for settlement, so I don’t know exactly how my account stands. I think I shall be about $50 in debt. I can tell you next letter. 2d. – I cannot get any money to go home with if in debt. 3d. – Our pay goes on while we are on Furlough and amounts to $60, of which $40 we are allowed to have providing we lay it out in clothes, and $16 to go home with if we are out of debt, if we are in debt we can not get the clothes or the money, unless we deposit enough to put us out of debt. 4th. – In case of emergency we could not get one cent paid to us in advance. If we have not the same means to go on Furlough we can’t go at all and will have to stay here all summer. 5th. – Neither goods nor clothes could be sent me without a permit, but you can send all the money you want to., it would be breaking an old rule, but nobody thinks or cares anything about it. The Officers know very well the Cadets get all the money they want from home, they don’t care. I guess the Superintendent likes to have them get all the money they can from home. I shall be happy to receive all you will send. […]

Malcolm McArthur to his father, Arthur McArthur, Sr. [McArthur Family Papers]

March 7, 1863

New York

My dear Hubbard.

Yours of the 4th inst. is this moment recd. and I hasten to respond. I am very glad that you like the photographs as a picture, if not as a likeness. I am certain you would think this original a good likeness. […] About all of Mrs. Bridgman’s friends who have seen the picture are very much pleased with it. […]

Don’t imagine New Haven a safe place from Rebel [don] clads, for if they once get into the sound they will make at once for that nest of “fanatics” remembering the “Silliman letter,” and there is nothing to dispute their entrance – I am going there out of patriotism to help defend the city! As you say, it will be a good place to start from for our summer excursions – Our plans so far as developed are to start early in July – after the expiration of the tour of service of the 25th Maine Regt. – for Maine – where we shall be joined by Ben. and Belle Page, and we trust Adjt. Hubbard – and proceed to Moosehead Lake where we propose to have a good time! Further than this our plans are undeveloped. […]

W.H. Bridgman to Thomas Hamlin Hubbard [Hubbard Family Papers] 

March 6, 1863

Friday.  Rainy all day.  Now drill after the Sergeants’ drill in morning.  Finished & mailed a letter to Pamelia in forenoon.  In afternoon a mail arrived, but most of the letters were old ones, some written in January.  I rec’d none.  It is said there is another mail in N.O. that will be up in a day or two.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]

March 5, 1863

Thursday.  Had morning drill from 7 to 7.45—then from 9 to 11.  In afternoon, the whole  Brigade marched to Camp Banks to be reviewed by Genl. Augun.  We though[t] our Brigade made quite a decent appearance, tho’ one Regt. Was not able to bring out more than about 200 men—a whole Co. being out on picket, & other men on post guard.  Our actual strength now, we suppose to be about 300 men besides commissioned officers.  These frequent reviews & inspections are supposed to portend “a move,” in some direction.  The forces here have been increased of late by the arrival of  Cavalry & Artillery, besides which several mortar vessels have come up the river within a week.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]

March 4, 1863

Studio Building No B
Tenth Street, New York

My dear Mother,

I am expecting Otis back tomorrow morning when I will join him and we will try & reach the army by Saturday.

Last Thursday I went up to West Point & came back Monday P.M. Enjoyed visiting my old friends there much. The day I returned I called over to Brooklyn and saw Mrs. Perry Lee and engaged to attend her cousin’s wedding with her the next day.

It was a gay time and I saw there H.W. Beecher, Mrs General Fremont & other distingue’s.

The bride was Miss Sarah Dwight. The bridegroom was Capt. Raymund of Gen. Fremont’s staff. I also met Capt Jack Howard of their staff. He is from Brooklyn originally.

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March 3, 1863

3-3Tuesday.  This morning at 7 o’clock Gorham H. Gould died at the Reg. Hospital.  He had been there nearly all the time since we arrived here, & had been brought almost to death’s door, but three weeks ago appeared to have taken a new lease of life, and gained rapidly, for a week or more, & I had great hopes of his ultimate recovery.  After a few days, however, he began to fail again, & has gradually wasted away.  He was buried this afternoon not far from Mitchell & York.   Being Officer of the day I was not able to leave to attend his funeral.  Lt. Jerrard has given up today, & this evening has gone into town with strong symptoms of measles.  He will stay at the house where his brother, J. F. Jerrard boards, & will thus be more comfortable than he would be either in quarters or hospital.  We have looked anxiously for the mail today, but for some reason it is kept back.  We are to have a Reg. Inspection tomorrow at 10 A.M.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]


March 2, 1863

3-2Monday. Finished & mailed letter to Mother.  Spent forenoon in making “Final Statements” & “Inventories of effects” of York & Mitchell.  Del[ivere]d one copy of each to the Adjutant & mailed one to the Adj. Genl. at Washington, keeping one myself.  We also rolled up the clothes in snug packages, to send home.  Shall wait a few days, & if the three men that have been recommended for discharge get their papers soon, shall send the things north in their care—if not, shall have to send them by Express.  In  afternoon had a Batt[alion] Drill.  No mail has come up, but as it has reached N.O. it will probably reach us tomorrow.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]