October 28, 1863

In Camp.  Detailed for guard last evening and have been on duty today.  During the night enjoyed the camp fires instead of walking my beat.  Very cold last night.  Water froze in my tent.  Rations today.  Never saw the boys so eager for them as they were tonight.  Beeves[!] killed today, of which everything was eaten except the hide and offal—even the lights and tripe were used.  Great scarcity of tobacco in camp.  Men even gave up their rations for it.  Order read on dress parade prohibiting gambling and obscenity in camp.  This is a step in the right direction, one which every honorable man ought to uphold.  It is reported that Gen. French ordered us back to our old camp last night, and again this morning, but Gen. Birney objected.  There was no need of our coming here, I believe, but now we are here I want to stay, so much better is the ground than the cold, damp ground of our old camp.  Fine day though cold.  A little overcast tonight.

Diary of Edwin Emery [Edwin Emery Diaries and Memoir] 

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