Sunday, November 11, 2012

1862 November 11 New Bern, N.C.

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Co. F., 25th Massachusetts]

Nov 11
Wrote three letters for Geo Kinsman
this forenoon. Washed a shirt and two
pairs of socks this afternoon.  a scouting party f seven-
teen men from each of the three companies went out
to day after provisions. the rebels attacked our pickets
this afternoon, and after a smart skirmish during
which we went up there, we retreated in good order to
the city by stages as they had artillery. I took nothing
with me but my new shirt and pair of drawers & socks
from my knapsack.  Fortunately part of the troops came
back from the expedition to day. So if we are attacked to-
morrow as we expect to be, we can give them a warm
reception.  They threw three shells at us coming very near
but owing to the protection of God we all escaped unharmed.

MSS 11293

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