Wednesday, June 27, 2012
1862 June 28 Cloud's Mill, Pa.
[from the "War Journal" of George Hazen Dana, of the 32nd Massachusetts, a compilation of his letters and field notebook]
Cloud’s Mills, Pa.
June 28th 1862.
As you see, we have moved about fifteen miles
to the southward of our old quarters, where we have
about 18,000 men to be commanded, probably. Gen.
Sturgis and more regiments expected soon. We
marched all the way here, and immediately on arrival
I was detailed as Officer of the Guard, which kept me
up all night, so I’ve not felt much like writing since.
My great trouble here is the impossibility of keeping
clean, as the fine powdered dust under the grass seems to
rise, even without any wind, and cover everything.
[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]