[from the diary of Captain Jonathan B. Hager of the 14th U.S. regulars as copied by him at a later date]
June 14th The reveille came at 3 oclock this morning
but not so did the order to move; hour after hour
we waited until about 8 a. m. the order was
countermanded and we laid down to rest.
For me the rest was of short duration, at 11 a.m.
I was ordered to take charge of a detail of 500 men,
to go about four miles to work on the
Woodbury Bridge on the Chickahominy. I shall
never forget this march. The heat beat upon us
at about sixty pounds per square inch. Our route
lay along the edges of the swamp which borders
the Chickahominy, and at the base of a range
of sand hills, which excluded every vestige of
air which might have been stirring above. I
was sick, had a severe headache, was tired
& sleepy when I started, but the work was to
be done and I had to help to do it.
This famous bridge furnished the means of
escape to the greater portion of the Army of the
Potomac as will soon be seen, and in the
famous change of base I walked over the
same logs I helped that day to lay. I little
thought of it then. We worked there until 7 P.M.
when we were permitted to turn our faces
campward which we reached about 8.30. oclock.
I was refreshed on my way home with a glass of
fresh sweet milk, the first I had tasted for months.