[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Private, later Sergeant, Co. F, 25th Massachusetts, currently assigned to the Commissary Dept. on the steamer "Admiral"
Cloudy this forenoon and most
of the afternoon but cleared off
just before sundown nicely. This forenoon
I staid in the pilot house most of the
time giving them puzzles and talking.
This afternoon the unloaded the vessel
and started her over the bar with a
tug on each side but had to stop on
acct of the S.R. Spaulding being in the
way. They say they are going to start again
at four o'clock to-morrow morning. I
went over to the New York this morning
and saw the commisary, who says he
shall stay there till further orders. Have
felt well to-day. there are reports flying
that Manassas is in possession of our forces
but I think it is not true, though I hope
it may be, for I wish to see the war
brought to a close as soon as possible.