1861 December 30 Fort Griffin

My darling wifey, I wrote you a note enclosed in a letter toMittie which I hope you have received as I wrote sev-eral things which I want yo to read–I also wroteto you on Christmas day; the letter preceeding that … Continue reading

1861 December 29

[from the diary of Francis G. Hale of the 34th Ohio Zouaves] We left Barboursville last night a bout 7 oclock we went down the road toward mud and then went crost the country untill we came on the guyan … Continue reading

1861 December 29

[from the diary of James Dinsmore Templeton, musician and private in the 23rd Ohio] Played as usualmended my stockings&c received lettersfrom Libbie C. W.Archie of Co J has justcome in very drunkread & talked some withJeff on the Testament Clear … Continue reading

1861 December 29

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding of the 25th Massachusetts] Did not go ashore todaySat by the fire and talked andread. The Col. of the 24th Mass was here thisforenoon to see about getting a place forhis regiment on … Continue reading

1861 December 29 Camp near Winchester

[right hand margin of this letter has been ripped away at top and bottom] Ever Dear Kate [Amanda Catherine Armentrout] I recieved your lette[ ]on the 20th & it was a most welco[ ]letter for our Reg. was on picket … Continue reading

1861 December 28 Head Quarters U. S. Forces Paducah Ky

Special orderNo 159. In honor of the arrival of Brig. Genl. GrantCommander of the District of Cairo, a Salute of ElevenGuns will be fired from Willard’s Battery, paraded nearFort Anderson. By order ofBrig Genl. C[harles]. F[erguson]. Smith MSS 10645

1861 December 28

My darling wifey I received your sweet letterthis morning and as usual you were calledoff from the writing to you absent husband bysomething trifling I suppose. You haven’twritten me a single letter, but that youwere hurried int he writing of … Continue reading

1861 Dec 28 Centreville Va

Tendering my complimentsto the Misses Cary, I mustreturn them my thanks for thenice “Christmas gift” sent me.It was very delicious andenjoyed in appreciativequantities by a select circleof military gentlemen who didus the honor to dine with us.I shall be in … Continue reading

1861 December 28

[from the diary of Francis G. Hale of the 34th Ohio Zouaves] The camp is in a stir this morning for the cavelry has come up from Guyandott they are going after a fellow by the name of Clawhamer he … Continue reading

1861 December 28

[from the diary of James Dinsmore Templeton, musician and private in the 23rd Ohio] Played and practiced asusual attended a funeralthis afternoon of a memberof co B Washed my pantsthis evening read a letterfrom Libbie C.W. to Campbellmostly Clear Cool … Continue reading