Mar 1. And so winter has gone and the first day of spring has arrived. Stayed in camp all day. Read letter from R G Wentworth also from S. Vaughn. Wrote letter to R G Wentworth. Attended prayer meeting in the evening at Capt. Bakers office. Wrote letter to __________. Mar 2. A warm and pleasant day. Worked at cleaning the street. Had a good visit with an old friend from the 35 N.Y. Vols. Tried to get a pass to visit the 107 N.Y. but the Col would not approve it on account of drill tomorrow. Mar 3. Rained a little so that we had no drill. Obtained a pass of ______ Col Chapman for myself and friend Wm Stuart to visit the 107 NYV on the following day. Attended prayer meeting in the evening at Segt Blanchets office. Felt the love of God in my heart. Mar 4. Went to the 107th Regt, NY with my friend W Stuart to visit some friends from. Samuel Kinney all right had a good visit. Stayed all night, weather clear and cold. Mar 5. Returned to camp, my friend Samuel Kinney came back with me. Stopped at Brooks Station and found another old friend, J K Robinson of the 35th Regt NY Vols. My tent mate, L ___ went home on furlough. Capt came back to the Co. from home. evening attended meeting. Sermon by Chaplain Holt Oh Lord revive thy work. Mar 6. Went on picket on the north side of the Rapahanock and about three miles from camp. In the evening went in the wood with my friend Melborn Homes of Co F and had a season of prayer, rained some through the night. Mar 7. Yet on picket, everything quiet along the lines. Detailed on a communication line in charge of a relief of thirteen men. Weather rainy and somewhat disagreeable but here I find that I am too apt to find fault with the weather which God rules. Mar 8. Still on picket, cloudy and rainy. Spent the day in reading my bible and talking and praying with friends. In the evening attended prayer meeting in the wood. Only five were present but God was faithful to his promise. Mar 9. Relieved from picket at 12N and returned to camp. Found Charles____ very sick. The general health of our Regt not very good. Recd a letter from Cousin Melisa in the evening wrot the same to Sister ____. Mar 10. Stayed in camp all day. Wrote letter to Sister Margaret. In the evening attended prayer meeting in the chapel. One of Co K expressed a desire to become a Christian. If the Lord be for us who can be against us. Mar 11. In camp all day. Inspection of arms by a Capt. of Brig Gen Whipples staff. In the evening attended meeting in the chapel. Sermon by Chaplain ____ ___. Oh Lord revive thy work. Mar 12. Stayed in camp all day. Co drill in the forenoon and battalion in the afternoon. Wrote letter to the 1st Free Will Baptist Church in Cameron, to which I belong. In the evening attended meeting in Chapel. Mar 13. Stayed in camp all day. Co drill in the forenoon, in the evening attended meeting in Chapel, sermon by our chaplain (____). ___present your bodies a holy sacrifice unto the Lord. Mar 14. In camp all day, review by Brig Gen Whipple, ordered to be ready to go on picket tomorrow morning at seven AM. Wrote letter to Cousin Melissa _____. Weather pleasant. Mar 15. Everything all ready and went on picket seven AM. Such are the Sabbaths that the soldier is obliged to spend away from home and the church. Oh Lord bring this unnatural war to a close. Mar 16. Still on picket, snowed a little, recd a letter from my old friend (F S Hubbard) also one from Mr. Vaughn. Evening went in the wood with my friend Segt H B Seely and had a season of prayer. Mar 17. Yet on picket. Heavy cannonading about ten miles up the river. Stonemans cavalry said to have crossed the Rapahanock and fighting the enemy. Nineteen prisoners sent to our lines. Mar 18. Relieved from picket in the AM and returned to camp. Reports that we have taken six hundred prisoners in the PM. Wrote letter to B CWood. James Crole my tent mate returned from home on furlough. Mar 19. In the AM was detailed on a court marshal as witness for G L Peck of my Co (K). Court adjourned twenty four hours. PM grand review by Maj Gen Sickles, wrote letter to Mr.Vaughn and the same to Cousin E O also wrot to the editor of morning star for book. Mar 20. Went to Col Bormans head quarters as witness on trial of G L Peck. Snowed hard near all day. In the evening attended meeting in Chapel. Sermon by Chaplain Watts, wrote letter to--- Mar 21 Stayed in camp all day. Wrote letter to----, rained most all day. Evening attended a debate, was one of chief dispudents. Question resolved that hatred is stronger passion than love. Decided in my favor (The negative). Mar 22. Attended meeting sermon by Chaplain Watts. In the PM attended an organization meeting for our Regt. 22 enrolled their names, 12 desired the ordinance of baptism. In the evening attended meeting, wrote letter to ___Hubbard. Mar 23. On guard at Commissary department. In the PM attended debate. Question resolved that the oppresion of the soldier makes more sorrow than slavery. Evening attended meeting, sermon by Chaplain Watts. Mar 24. Stayed in camp all day. 170 men went on picket-out of our regt (86 NY). Wrote letter to a friend in _____. Evening attended the Va Phila_____, which was organized by the boys of my Co (K). Mar 25. Went about two miles from camp to get a load of wood. Wrote letter to Sister Hannah. Attended prayer meeting in the evening. Read letter from ____NY. Mar 26. On camp guard. Recieved letter from Sister Margaret, answered the same and sent a dollar in money to her. In the evening attended the Va Philanathien. Question for debate, resolved that _____punishment should be abolished. Decided in favor of the negative. Mar 27. The boys returned from picket. Wrote letter to Annie _____. Evening attended prayer meeting in Chapel. Oh how good it is to serve the Lord and feel that you have an inheritance with him. Mar 28. In camp all day. Rumor that the Army of the Potomac is about to make another advance across the river. (Rapahanock). Interesting news from Tennessee. Mar 29. Attended meeting in the AM, sermon by Chaplain Watts. In the PM attended the _____ also the ordinance of baptism. Was attended by Chaplain Watts, seven here baptised. Evening attended meeting, sermon by said chaplain. Feel the love of God in my heart. Mar 30. Inspection of arms & quarters in the AM. PM had a grand review by Govener Berry of ___. Evening attended meeting in the chapel. Recd a book, life of Eld. John Colby. Mar 31. Went about three miles from camp after wood. Evening attended meeting, sermon by Chaplain Watts. Truely God was with us and who can prevail against us. One backslider reportedly return to his fathers house. Thank the Lord!
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