Jan. 3d. Last night we were waked by firing, apparently heavy cannon down river. … Snowing during the night, & all day. Heavy thunder & sharp lightning a part of the time. This evening it is raining almost constantly, & the thunder is almost continuous. Our camp ground is getting very soft & will soon by muddy enough. This forenoon I rode to town … to see our men in the Hospital. All of them (ten in number) appeared to be improving, except poor George Langley, who lies very low with typhoid fever. He has lain almost wholly unconscious for several days. He opened his eyes while I stood by him, but did not recognize me. His brother has been with him almost constantly for a week, & will stay as long as he lives. [Read more…] about January 3, 1863
Capt. Isaac Winslow Case
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.
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.