Apr 1. Fixed up my tent, wrote letter. Rained all the afternoon. Nothing exciting or entertaining going on. Apr 2. Stayed in camp all day. Rained hard, very mudy & nothing of importance going on. Apr 3. Regimental inspection by Colonel Lansing commanding regt. It was in AM. Attended meeting in chapel. Sermon by the [the rest is illegible]. Apr 4. Stayed in camp all day. Wrote letter to my sister. [the rest is illegible]. Apr 5. Stayed in camp all day, still rainy with ___ ___. Evening had company prayre meeting. Apr 6. Stayed in camp all day. Went and cut a load of wood for the company. Fair weather and more. The 6th of April, how fast the time is passing. Here I am this evening seated in my little tent with my friend Asa Cross. A bright little fire is burning in the day fireplace and all is compartively quiet around us. Probably this will not be for long. Apr 7. Stayed in camp [rest is illegible]. Apr 8. In camp. Battalion drill in the PM. Wrote letter to ___. Received three letters all from my sisters. A very pleasant day. Evening wrote letters. Read my first copy of the morning star. Apr 9. Stayed in camp all day. Forenoon cut a load of wood. Detail for 150 men for picket duty. Rained hard all day, almost a flood to night. Wrote an order to Rev D. M. Graham, Portland Maine for the Freewill-Baptist Quarterly. My candle is most exhausted and am going to bed. Apr 10. Company inspection at 9 AM. Attended meeting at eleven AM. Sermon by the chaplain of the 124th Regt. NY Vol. Evening attended prayre meeting. Apr 11. Regimental inspection by Major Stafford at 9 oclock AM. A very pleasant day. PM had a fine game of ball. Evening attended the debate. Question discussed. Resolved that the Rebbel property should be confiscated at the end of the war and given to the Federal soldiers. Decided by the president of the meeting (Capt. Baker) in favor of the afermitive. Apr 12. Stayed in camp all day. The boys returned from picket AM. Evening attended prayre meeting. Apr 13. Grand review by Maj Generals Mead, Hancock & Buterfield. Evening attended prayre meeting. My friend Peter Osborn was there, just arrived from Elmira. Had a good meeting, enjoyed myself well. Apr 14. Battalion drill in the PM. Received pay of the government. The greater part of the men have ___ this evening. Apr 15. Inspection of arms & acquitments By Capt ___. PM battalion drill. Detailed for picket duty. Evening attended meeting. Apr 16. AM Went to Brandy Station and expressed forty dollars to my father. Also expressed forty dollars for me & friend Asa Cross and one hundred dollars for Captain ___. PM returned to camp carrying very much. Evening attended prayre meeting in the chapel. Had a very good meeting. Apr 17. Inspection at ___ by Brigd Gen Hazel at 11 AM. Attended muster in the chapel. Sermon by Chaplain Bradner of the 126th Regt. PM a communion was on. Also 4 of my friends were baptized by Rev. Mr. ___(chaplain) of my regt. Evening attended prayre meeting, had a good meeting. Apr 18. AM inspection by Brigd General Marsh. PM brigade drill and dress parade. See deserters from the Rebbel army pass by here almost every day. Pleasant but quite cool weather. Evening wrote. Apr 19. AM had inspection by Maj Stafford. PM wrote letters & rebbel deserters coming in every day. Apr 20. AM stayed in camp. PM brigade drill. Evening attended prayre meeting in the hospl tent. Had an expedient meeting, the Lord blessed us. One man sick in the hospl. Apr 21. Brigade drill in the afternoon [next sentence illegible]. Apr 22. A grand review for Liet Gen Grant of the 2nd army corps. Saw the general for the first time. Gen Mead was also present with ___ other Maj Gens. Apr 23. Stayed in camp all day. ___ ___ pleasant but very windy to-day. Apr 24. Went on picket ___ Stevensburg. Arrived on the line at 11 AM. Had ___ of six pvts. W warm and pleasant day but rained all night. Forty five rebbels came in. Said there was any amount of them over there ready to ___. My God grant this it be. Apr 25. Still on picket. Relieved from the line & came back to the grand reserve at 12 N. Report that the rebbels are moving up the Shennandoah Valley. The time for active operations is nigh. May God give me strength to ever do my duty, for him is my trust. Apr 26. Returned to the line from the reserve. Stayed on the line until ___ then returned to the reserve. Apr 27. Returned from picket and returned to the camp. Joined the camp. Our little tents now set up over the ground seems like old homes. How changeable is the life of the soldier. Received letter from Cousin Alanya also from my friend Chas. Wood. Apr 28. Stayed in camp all day. Battalion drill in the PM. The Colonel had the photograph of the Regt. taken. We expect to march soon, very cool weather for the time of year. Evening everything lively through the camps. The boys having all kinds of sport. Some throwing others up in the air and catching them on a woolen blanket when they come down. Every one seems to be happy. Apr 29. AM had a ball play. PM division drill. Apr 30. AM went out shooting targets. Myself, took 8th ___ or shooting. PM stayed in camp, mustered for pay.
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