[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Co. F, 25th Massachusetts]
Again was favored so as to get a
guard at Burnsides third relief
Went to church and sat in the singers seat
and sung this forenoon. This afternoon the
24th Mass band gave a splendid concert
in the yard in front of the generals quarters.
The band orderly offered me a glass of whiskey
this evening but I refused it. Reports are
flying that island no 10 is taken. That York
town is also taken and five thousand
prisoners. May God be with our armies and
give them success and cause the South
to return once more to their allegiance
and bring the war to a speedy end.