1861 December 26

[from the diary of James Dinsmore Templeton, private and musician in the 23rd Ohio] Played as usualSaw some Tents withStoves in them thismonorning. Joe Crotty came inattended a funeral ofan member of the 11 regwho died from wounds gotat Cotton … Continue reading

1861 December 26

[from the diary of Francis G. Hale of the 34th Ohio Zouaves] on guard to day I am one of the supernumery we go a round town and stop all riets and any one we catch drunk we put them … Continue reading

1861 December 26

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Co. F, 25th Massachusetts] Got up this morning feelingmuch better than yesterdayHave had nothing to do yet. SergeantSprague came and put aboard eighteenbarrels of potatoes,which are under mycharge. This evening we all played … Continue reading

1861 December 16 Camp Stephenson

Dear Sister I will endeavor to writeyou a few lines this morning to let youknow that I am well and hope you maybe enjoying the same blessing when thesefew lines reach you. I hope you allenjoyed your Christmas as it … Continue reading

1861 December 26 Orange Court House

Dear Father and Mother I wd take the presentOpertunity of dropping youA Few lines to let youknow that I am wellat present and a hopewhen theas Few lines cometo hand, they may findyou injoying the SameBlessing I received your kindletter … Continue reading

1861Christmas Day New York

Gen J. H. Cocke (Bremo Bluff, Va.)My dear christian Friend Though it is long since we have heardfrom each other, I trust that good health, &other blessings of an ever faithful Providencestill attend you old age. Our family areall well … Continue reading

1861 December 25]

[from the diary of James Dinsmore Templeton, private and musician in the 23rd Ohio] Played & practiced. no Dress paradeBilly fox came in this morningPhil & I saw the major aboutgoing home he gave us someencouragement. Wore our Dresscoats this … Continue reading

[1861 December 25]

[from the diary of Francis G. Hale of the 34th Ohio Zouaves] to day is chrismass we have nothing to do to day no drilling to do to day a good many of the boys have gon to Guyandott to … Continue reading

1861 December 25

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding of Co. f, 25th Massachusetts] I did not sleep much of anylast night. Some of the fellowswho were in the room played cards nearlyall night. I got up and ate sugar outof a … Continue reading

1861 December 25 Fort Grafton

My darling wifey A happy christmas anda merry new year–or a merry christ-mas and a happy new year–the christ-mas will hardly be a very happy oneto either of us, being as how we areseparated, but I do hope that it … Continue reading