January 1, 1863

Jan. 1st.  This morning before I was out of bed the Col. came in & said we were ordered to move at 9 o’clock, were to go to the campground near the Maine 12th.  We are brigaded with that Reg[iment], the 4th Wisconsin, 2d Louisiana, & [blank] New York, & “Billy Wilson’s Zouaves”—Billy himself being in command of the Brigade as senior Colonel.  We struck tents, packed up baggage, & got into line about 10 o’clock, marched down through town & out east about a mile to our ground, called “Camp Banks.”  Pitched our tents between the 2d Louisiana & [blank].   I had hardly thought to reach the front, & could advance nothing in the way of fitting up our quarters, but left all to the Lieutenant.  I went over to Dr. Thompson’s quarters & spent most of the afternoon.  Returned to camp towards dark, drank a little tea & went to bed.  Have eaten nothing since morning, & then only a little bread & gruel.  My diarrhea is very troublesome, & I am very weak.

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection] 

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  1. This looks like it’s going to be a wonderful and informative project. Just wondering if it is possible to include the writer’s location with each post. It would make the letters much more meaningful if the reader could have an clue of what the writer was headed into. The location of the post would provide all the information needed.

    Also, I hope you don’t mind, I posted a link to Bowdoin’s “This Day in Civil War History” on the Yankee Heritage facebook page, of which I am a monitor. There are a number of Joshua Chamberlain fans, and several people expressed interest. It will be good to show that we have more than Joshua Chamberlain. Thanks again for doing this — a great project!