1861 December 28

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding of the 25th Massachusetts] This forenoon took accountof stock. Overhauld all thestuff belonging to the government, andmad a list of them. After dinner wentashore in the boat. First went to theLieutenants office, then … Continue reading

1861 December 27 Winchester

My Darling Wife – I will write you to day a short business letter about somematters which I had intended to have attended to in person if I hadgotten home as I expected to have done. I enclose a diagram … Continue reading

1861 December 27 Camp Federal Hill Baltimore

My Dear Father your letter of the 23d is received as you thinkmy last letter was rather long I thought I would make this A shortletter for that purpose I have taken A small sheet of paper the firstquestion you … Continue reading

1861 December 27

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding of the 25th Massachusetts] Got up this morni[n]g about sevenHad a good breakfast and gotready to go ashore but the Captain saidit was against orders, so I sent for apermit which was granted … Continue reading

1861 December 27

[from the diary of Francis G. Hale of the 34th Ohio Zouaves] I was on guard last night I came near freeseing my feete for it was awfull cold and we had no fire to day is very cold and … Continue reading

1861 December 27

[from the diary of James Dinsmore Templeton, private and musician in the 23rd Ohio] Played & practiced asusual. Bathed last nightwashed my clothes thismorning Sent my Bootsout to have mendedpartly clear cold MSS 10317

1861 December 27 Camp near Centerville 19th Regt Va

Miss Rachel [Bramham] Your kind and most heartilywelcome letter of the 18th inst was duelyReceived some few days since and I havingto leave for Picket duty at an about that timeprevented me from having an opportunity toRespond as promptly as … Continue reading

1861 December 27

[from the diary of Z. Lee Gilmer, Sgt., Co. B of the 19th Virginia, the Albemarle Rifles] Went on Picket fourmiles from Centrevilleon the Bradoc road. hadquite a cold time & badwether Capt Taylorin command of the Bat-tallion (a poor … Continue reading

1861 December 27 Camp Franklin Near St Johns Seminary

Dear Father your kind & welcome letter of the twenty first came safe athand & I can tell you that it gave me great pleasure to receive one from home& hear that all the Folks were well, next Pay day … Continue reading

1861 December 26 Centreville

My Dear Father: I had no time to wishyou all a merry Christmas yesterday asI was on guard and had my hands fullin taking care of those who had toomuch Christmas in their bones. On the wholeI have had quite … Continue reading