[from the diary of Charles Hay, Co. H., 23rd Ohio]
Steamer “Silver Lake” No. 2. Kanawha River.
January 3d, 1862.
Started home this morning. Came from Fayetteville
to Loop Creek in a wagon, distance, 17 miles; over a bad
road, and, during the afternoon, a drizzling rain set in.
Got on the “Silver Lake” about 4 P.M. she came on
down the river a few miles, and has “tied up” for
the night. She is a small Government steamer, plying
on the Headwaters of the Kanawha.~~ Health no
better. Lost my cap in the Kanawha River.