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.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Mss. Collection]

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