Tuesday. This morning Sergt. North brought in the muster & pay rolls, having filled up to of them yesterday. I completed … one for him, & he took the whole back to the Regt. to finish. Lt. Truworthy who started on Sunday for Baton Rouge for the last rolls had not returned this morning, & we fear something has befallen him on the way. 10 o’clock. The “storming party” has just got into line to be reviewed by Genl. Banks. I do not go out, as I cannot obtain a horse this morning. The commissary has brought in the balance of the three days rations, & has issued them to the companies, & all appear to be well satisfied with their share. In afternoon[!] wrote a letter to Pamelia stating how I am situated, & what the “storming party” hope & expect[!] to do. Carried the letter, with sever other home letters, to Lt. Jerrard, who will forward it if I do not survive this attack. Also gave him the certificates I made on the 28th about ordnance, ord. stores, & Quartermaster’s property that I am responsible for, so that if I am not alive to settle my co. business, he may be able to do it without loss to my family. I trust that a kind Providence will spare me to do this business myself, but think it wise to entrust it to someone who will feel interested to have it done correctly. Lt. Brown went on to the Regt., says it was mustered for payment. Capt. Wood has gone over this evening. At dress parade the Capts. Were directed to see that the companies get through with breakfast by 6 o’clock tomorrow.
Monday. Went early to Col. Berges’ quarters, for the morning whiskey ration for the men, but the Col. said there was but little left, & I need not issue any today. The men were much disappointed. Spent all the forenoon in getting three days rations from the Brigade (3rd) Commissary. The three days extend to Thursday night. Met Genl. Banks while going out to the commissary. He is to review the “storming party” at 4 ½ P.M. At that hour both Battallions came out under their commanders, & formed in line, but after waiting till after 6 o’clock it was announced that Genl. Banks was unwell & not able to review them, but that if able he would review us at 10 tomorrow.
Went in company with bro[ther] Williams to the S[unday] S[chool] at Dr. Sunderland’s. … A good strait forward sermon made a beautiful allusion to death of Adm. Foot.
P.M. Went to Mt. Pleasant hospital … went thro’ the wards. Visited the Contraband Camp. … Went around among the col[ore]d folks. They seemed happy. Saw a novel funeral, singing, pray, shaking hands, &[c]. …
Headquarters Eleventh Corps, Near Middleton, Ma
I have received another good long letter from you written just after Maj Whittlesey and Mrs. W’s visit. I am glad they came to see you. I got a letter from Major Whittlesey at the same time. […] I am afraid you are working too hard or doing too much. Shopping you know is very dangerous.
We are working along up towards you. The rebels are again bothering us and home. […]
Headquarters Eleventh Corps, Middleton, Ma
Dear Sister Lizzie,
I came to camp at Goose Creek, 6 miles from Leesburg on Tues: with the 11th Corps. Mail Carrier. The next day I “marched” with the Corps to Edwards Ferry, 6 miles, and the next to Point of Rocks and turning at that point to Jefferson , 5 miles from the Potomac where we spent the night in a house. The march was a hard one of 25 or 30 miles in a day. Today we have already moved 6 miles up this beautiful and fruitful valley to this lovely little town. There is no immediate prospect of a battle – the enemy being two days march ahead of us towards Penn.
Otis seems quite well, but works hard almost every moment and gets pretty tired every night and sometimes is awakened often during the night with Orders. […]
Thursday. Capt. Wood, Lt. Brown & self reported for duty in the volunteer camp at 9 o’clock. Built a tent of reeds, bought provisions of commissary, & had dinner cooked by Lt. B’s boy. Lt. Phillips of the Me. 12th dined with us. The volunteers do not seem to report very fast, nor is anything doing at organizing. Serg. Mason of Co. “F” reported in [the] afternoon, making the aggregate from our Reg’t. nine. Had a very quiet comfortable night in our new tent.
Wrote home, pack’d box &c., started for F[airfax] S[tation]. Went with Mr. Alexander of PomphretCon[n]. to F[airfax] C[ourthouse] to distribute some boxes for his people. How grateful the soldiers are! Distributed many books to Cavalry.
Eve[ning]. Sick men came in from hospitals. Fed & cared for some 213 men. Was up all night. Got the men off at 4 a.m.
All day the sick came in. We fed & cheer’d & helped. Had many very good conversations, found the men well disposed & serious. At 4 p.m. signs of a move. At six all pack’d. A grand march forward. We came to head quarters. Station was entered by Rebs. During night. … Call’d at Armory Hosp[ital] to see Capt. Mott. His bro[ther] & sister came in answer to telegraph. He knew me, smiled, thank’d me again & said he was a sinner & needed X[i.e., Christ].
Found Capt. [J. M.] Mott to be a graduate of Mich[igan] Univer[sity], had traveled in Europe. His wound is probably mortal. Conversed with him Wrote his father. Telegraphed for his sister. …
Sunday. Turned out about 1 o’clock A.M. & got into line. We supposed that we were to make another Sunday attack but after moving out by Gen. Banks; Headquarters to the road leading into the place of last Sunday’s battle we filed to the left instead of the right, & pursued the main road to the east till 9 o’clock, when we halted at a little stream some six or eight miles out on the road to Jackson. Here the provision trains came up bringing cooked rations. Stopped & ate a hearty meal, probably for breakfast & dinner together. We have with us the 12th Me., 90th, 91st, & 131st N.Y. & 1st Louisiana with several field pieces & a small cavalry force. Where we are bound we know not. Supposed to keep off reinforcements for the enemy in Port Hudson.
Our mail reached us while halted for dinner. Got a letter of June 1st from Pamelia.. All well at home at that date. I thank my Heavenly Father for all his mercies. After eating moved up a hill beyond the stream, & filed into a field on the right of the road, 7 stacked arms. The men lay down & some of them got asleep, when in about an hour the order came suddenly to “fall in.” Continue reading