[from the diary of George Hazen Dana of the 32nd Massachusetts]
The weather here for some days past has been
pleasant, though hot, but the nights are actually cold.
There is much less sickness in camp than at first, as we
have now got the tents trenched about; while at the start
we slept in the mud: all the officers have also laid board
floorings in their tents. All I have to wish for, now
is, that we may be on the move; for I cannot find any
pleasure in our present dead-and-alive sort of vegetating.
- - - - The company I am in (Co. D.), is the toughest on
the field, and a set that will take the upper hand if
they can get it; but I have shewn [sic] them that I will
have respect and obedience, and they are beginning to
understand it –
[transcription by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]