Jan, 2d. We woke this morning about 4 o’clock by the Sergt. Major who said we were to hold ourselves ready to call our companies at a moment’s notice, that the outer pickets had been driven in by the rebels & that they were sending up rockets as signals. We said nothing to the men, not wishing to disturb them till they should be needed. I felt hardly able to stand, but intended to go with my Company should we be called out. There was no further alarm, however, so we kept quiet till daylight.
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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.