Wednesday, October 31, 2012

1862 November 1 Arlington, Va.

[from the diary of the Rev. Francis Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey]

Sat 1st Nov.  a warm calm, lovely day.  The regt. is ordered to
be vaccinated - & today Gen Casey reviews 3 Brigades
ours – The 5 Vt. & the Me. Regts.  I had just mounted to go on
review when back came the Reg – we break camp soon as can
get dinner & march to Fairfax Sem. to relieve Sickles Brigade
All is stir & bustle now -    Mr Campbell called & dined with
us – Struck tents after dinner.  I stayed to see part of camp
equipage packed & then rode after regt.  a pleasant rolling
country.   boys in good spirits.  fine day – found camp of
Gen Hookers Division just vacated, a dirty looking place

but Col. D’s. tact soon put a new face on affairs –
pitched as we could for the night – on summit – a    a
hill – overlooking valley of Potomac on East & a narrow valley
on west –

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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