Apr 28, 1863. Struck tents 8 A.M. and broke camp, marched about seven miles and encamped near Belle Plains. evening rained. Apr 29. First & sixth army Corp crossed the river. Cannonading at 7 A.M. Hooker fighting on the right at Belles Forde. Apr 30. Took up our line of march about 10 miles up the river to reinforce Gen. Hooker & encamped near Hartwood Church. May 1. Marched at six A.M. crossed the river 12 N marched 8 miles. Halted near the front of our army. 5 P.M. went to the front & formed in line of battle, terrific cannonading. May 2. Marched about three miles and engaged the enemy at 5 P.M. Lost no men of our Reg. Our Corps fighting nearly all night. May 3. Day broke with a terrible thundering of artillery and musketry. 8 A.M. went into the battle, was wounded in the shoulder slightly. Left the field. Brother Cortland killed or taken prisoner. May 4. Went to the hospital, thence to Falmouth Station. Took the cars & went to our division hospital. May 5. Stayed at the hospital. E.F. Deforrest of my Co K came here wounded, is now dead, wrote letter to my parents. May 6. Still at the hospital over 1000 wounded at this hosp. Lt. Williams of my Co K came here wounded in the arm. The army recrossed the river and came to old camp. May 7. Came to my company, found the boys all tired out and but a few left. May 8. Stayed in camp, wrote letters A.M. Gen Whipple died of wounds received in the late. May 9. Stayed in camp, wrote letters. Nothing of importance going and pretty lonesome time. May 10. Attended meeting front of the Colonels tent. Sermon by Chaplain Watts. Left what shall & under unto the Lord for his ____ unto me. Evening attended service meeting in the grove. May 11. Reviewed by Maj. Gen Sickles comdg our Corps (3). May 12. Marched to division head quarters to hear the announcement of the death of the Rebbel Gen Stonewall Jackson as announced in the Richmond papers. May 13. Inspected by Col Ellis commander of our brigade. May 14. Stayed in camp all day. Wrote some, nothing going on. May 15. Went on picket. Weather is very warm and pleasant. Evening attended prayer meeting in the wood. felt the love of God in my heart. May 16. Still on picket, all quiet along the lines. Warm & pleasant. Nothing of importance going on. May 17. Still on picket, another pleasant but seemimgly idle Sabbath spent away from friends and home but God is ___ to me. May 18. Relieved from picket and returned to camp. Went to Stonemans Switch. G.W. Newman of my Co K died of wounds and fever at ten oclock last night. May 19. Went to the division hospital. Carried the remains of my friend G.W. Newman to the embalming office. He died of wound in the foot & typhoid fever. May 20. Moved our camp a few rods & built on new ground. Very warm & pleasant. Good news from Mississippi, great cavalry raid. PM wrote letter to my friend W. M. Deck. May 21. On guard & ____ to build a guardhouse. Read letter from J.N. Reynolds, he sick at the Fort ______ hospital. Heard from brother Cortland. May 22. In camp all day. Very warm & pleasant. Evening attended prayer meeting in the open air or in Gods own temple & feel his presence. [Transcribers note: The next 5 days were written in pencil that has faded to the point of being illegible except for a few words.] May 28. Report that the Rebs are trying to recross the river. Wrote letter. May 29. Warm & pleasant afternoon. Battalion drill. Received a letter from my old friend A. W. Hubbard. Evening attended prayer meeting. Detailed for picket. May 30. Fell in line & went on picket six A.M. about four miles to the picket line. P.M. wrote to my friend. P.M. very warm,appearance of rain. May 31. Another Sabbath spent on the picket line. A very pleasant day. Afternoon went to an old farm house stayed a few moments & returned.
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