Mar 1. Stayed in camp all day, wrote letters. Cold rainy weather. Sorrowful thoughts of the boys that are out on reconnissance. But thus it is with the soldier. All kinds of storms but we do not propose to find fault. Only hope this was may sooner terminate in the restoration of our union & we once more become a united people. Mar 2. Stayed in camp all day, wrote letters, read. The regt returned to camp from their reconnissance. No news of importance. A very pleasant day. The boys all in good spirits. Mar 3. Stayed in camp all day, wrote letter to Sister Hannah. A very pleasant day. Absence. O, absence by thy stern decree, how many at heart lights ___ once is filled with doubts & fears. Thy days like ___ do seem weeks. Thy weeks slow, months we deem moveing, Thy months long ___ ___. Mar 4. Moved our camp to that of the 20th Indiana Regt. Have good quarters. 7 PM went to the US Christian Commission, got some reading matter. Evening attended meeting there, had a good time. Mar 5. AM stayed in camp, wrote letter to my friend Symnes. PM helped to ___ seats in the Christian Commission tent for meetings. Tis not all of life to live or all of death to die. Mar 6. Attended meeting at 11 AM in sermon by our chaplain of a ___. Evening attended meeting in the Christian Commission tent. [next sentence illegible] Mar 7. [First entry illegible] Our boys came out even. Wrote two letters. Mar 8. Stayed in camp all day & busied myself by reading. Evening was detailed for picket. Mar 9. Went on picket at 7 AM. Arrived on the lines at eleven AM about three miles from camp. This is my first duty since my return from home. Seems old fashioned as though I had been soldier before. A very pleasant day. Mar 10. Still on picket. A wet dismal day. Carried rails for fire. Read some in my testament & Burryans, Pilgrims, Prayers and thus the day passed off. No news of any kind. Mar 11. Still on picket and yet raining. Received three letters. Who, who would live always away from his God Mar 12. Relieved from picket at 11 AM & returned to camp. Evening received letter from Sister Orissa. Mar 13. AM a grand review & inspection of our division. Such are the duties that the soldier have to perform on the Sabbath. Evening attended meeting in Captain Bakers tent. Had a good meeting. Mar 14. Stayed in camp. PM had division drill. Quite a number of ladies present to witness the drill. Drilled three hours. Mar 15. AM went out on company drill. PM had brigade drill from two till four. Pleasant weather & still times not much fancy___going on, for war times. Who, who does not desire peace? We shall have peace but it must be on the right terms. The restoration of the union. Mar 16. Had a grand review of our whole corps (3) by Maj Gen French Comdg. It was a grand sight, some five or six females passed by with the generals staff & everything passed off finely. The review was on John Miner Botts farm. Returned to camp at three PM. Evening attended our prayre meeting, had a good meeting. Mar 17. Had company drill in the AM & brigade drill in the PM. Engaged in a ball-play & I had a fine time. And the days are swiftly passing. Mar 18. Company drill in the forenoon & battalion drill in the afternoon. Mar 19. Company drill in the AM. No drill in the PM. Evening received a letter from my old friend ___. Mar 20. Brigade drill in the AM. PM wrote letter, evening attended meeting in Captain Bakers tent. Mar 21. AM did some washing for myself. PM Batt. drill. knowing anything without reason is like seeing without eyes. Mar 22. Company drill in the AM, Brigade drill in the PM. The most pleasant companions in the world are pleasant thoughts. Mar 23. Arose in the morning and found that the snow had fallen through the night about one foot deep. Had a fine time snowballing through the day. The weather quite warm and pleasant and the snow is melting very fast. Virtue unites and preserves while vice seperates and destroys. Mar 24. Went on picket. A warm pleasant day. The snow going off very fast. PM went to a farm house, had quite a respectful visit with the Southerners. Engaged a canteen of milk for breakfast the next morn for thirty five cents. It would have been cheap at half the money. Good union people I guess not! Mar 25. Still on picket. Snowed and rained in the evening. Our corps constricted. We put into the 2nd Corps. Mar 26. Still on picket. Beside myself in reading a book entitled The Higher Christian Life is excelent book and O that my life might correspond with it. Mar 27. Bright and fair with all the blessings of an infinetly good God resting upon me. O for a closer walk with thee. A heart from sin set free. A light to shine upon the road that leads me unto thee. My God my all and is all. Mar 28. Company drill in the AM. Battalion drill in the PM, wrote two letters. Mar 29. A grand review anticipated on by Gen Grant. Marched almost out on to the ground. Commenced raining, order was countermanded and we retired to camp. Rained all day & night. Evening attended prayre meeting in the company. Had a good time. God blessed us with the outpouring of his spirit. Mar 30. Stayed in camp all day. Done nothing; Good business if poorly followed. Evening attended our general prayre meeting. Mar 31. Moved our camp about two miles & camped near the railroad near Brandy Station. Quite an eventerment about putting tents.
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