June 24, 1863

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].

Diary of Jonathan Edwards Adams [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]

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