Nov 1. Another Sabbath & the 1st day of Nov. spent in moving camps and erecting tents for the winter. Never worked harder before today on the Sabbath in fixing my tent. Nov 2. Finished fixing our tent and am now very comfortably situated. Signed our pay rolls. Drew very good overcoats from the Qr. Masters dept. Nov 3. Wrote a letter this morning. Drew two months wages from our Qr. Master this evening. Sending off pay received for two months service. Recd a letter from home this afternoon. Nov 4. Went over to the division commissary in the fore noon and got some peas from a friend. Bought some apples from the sutler of the 55th Va. Reg. department. Nov 5. On camp guard at the guard house. Every gun in camp ____ ______ put over ______. Keep from being troubled. Wrote a letter to my sister. Nov 6. Relieved from guard this morning. Stacked our arms again and guard put on them. Wrote several letters. No news in camp except that the yankees are giving trouble at Fredricksburg. Nov 7. Received orders about 10 OClock A.M. to cook one days rations to go on picket. Sent on picket at 2 OC P.M. at Wilfords ford on the Hazel river and relieved for the 4_ Va. regiment. Nov 8. Taken off picket at 2 OClock A.M. & went to our camp & found all the troops gone ____ and overtook them forming up in line of battle 3 miles north of Culpepper C.H. Had a little fight with the enemy. Our brigade not engaged. Nov 9. Fell back from Culpepper C. H. last night, ___ Roberson ___. & cook one days rations ___ all night. ____very cold & disagreeable. Continued our march to Rapahannock, recrossed to occupy our old camps. Snowed a little in afternoon. Nov 10. Very cool and windy to day. Cut some wood to burn. Made a brush arbor to keep off wind from our fire. Can see a shower of snow on the Blue Ridge mountains. Nov 11. Moved our camps to within one mile of Orange C. H. and are now encamped in a very ____ place indeed. Very cloudy in the afternoon and looks very much like snow. Nov 12. Very pretty weather for this time of year. I fear it will bring on a fight. Had beef _____ for dinner. Nov 13. Orders this morning to cook two days rations & be ready to move. Cooked two days rations and staid in camp all day without moving. Recd a letter from home. Nov 14. Have not moved yet. Orders still to have two days rations cooked. Hear some cannonading at a distance. Wrote two letters. Had a very hard shower of rain late in the afternoon. Nov 15. Had another hard rain again this morning and then cleared off very pretty. Had service at 10 OC. A.M. Orders in P.M. to get ready to move out on moments warning and then was countermanded. Nov 16. This is my birthday which makes me twenty one years old. Where will I be one year from this time. Possible in eternity. Paid off ____ pay rolls to-day. Nov 17. No news of any importance in camps to day. Drew two months wages from the Qr. Masters this afternoon. Wrote a letter to my sister, Lancaster county Virginia. Nov 18. Orders to build ____ to our tents and fireplaces for them. _____ Aldie acquaintence in regard to the movement of the enemy again. Dont feel very well this afternoon. Nov 19. On camp guard to-day. Most beautiful weather but rather warm for the season. Feel very unwell all day to-day. Nov 20. Quite unwell to-day. Cleaned our camp and rubbed our guns. Ready for inspection tomorrow. Nov 21. Rained all day & inspection did not come off. Very disagreeable all day long. A part of our reg. gone on pickett this afternoon and they have had very bad time indeed. Nov 22. Clear and cool this Sabbath morning but the ground is quite___ & damp. Wrote a letter to my mother. Feel quiet unwell this afternoon. Nov 23. Had frost this morning. To be ready for brigade inspection at 1 OClocl P.M. Had inspection of arms. On pickett and _______ & I was left ____ on camp guard. Nov 24. Rained some this evening. Had some sweet & irish potatoes issued to us from the commissary dept. The right wing of our reg., the 47th Va. relieved from picket late this afternoon. Nov 25. Detailed to go on fatigue duty & ______ helped _____fortify ____ lines at the Rapidann river. Returned to camp in P.M. Coming camp duty div. comm. ____. Nov 26. Had inspection of arms and our brigade on train guard. [next entire sentence illegible]. Nov 27. Had marching orders last night and we left our camp before daylight & marched down the plank road toward Fredricksburg & met with the enemy near Drainsville school & had a little skirmish. Nov 28. Marched to & fro and up & down the lines & threw up two lines of breastworks & it was raining nearly all day long. One day ____very disagreeable indeed. Nov 29. Another Sabbath day spent in throwing up breast works and rebuilding them. Very cold and disagreeable indeed. No fighting along the lines to-day. Nov 30. Our brigade on the outside line and I am on skirmish to-day, Despite heavy cannonading and _____, skirmishing went on about 2 hours in the forenoon.
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