Tues 4th – Lovely day – cold last night. Wrote letters, fixed up generally –
Have rec. orders to be ready to march at moments notice – Six wagons
only to Reg – a shelter tent – a wretched little contrivance allowed
to two men or officers – least possible baggage –
We heard firing in direction of Centreville this morng.
tomorrow we detail
rifle pits – besides 100 for picket duty - & so every day –
A review is ordered for tomorrow.
Heard of the death of one man Co. G. Mr. Cook, at
Gen. Hospital (of measles) – I shall go dn. there tomorrow
& see our sick – Held an interesting meetg. in Co. D
tonight - & a talk with young Slinglant Co. C. seemed
serious - & somewhat persuaded to become a Christian
said he prayed often - & had read the Bible more in Camp
than in 5 years before - Today I attended funeral
of two soldiers close by camp fr. Hospital - & visited
Hospital – talked with several sick & wounded. There are
over 1000 in hos. there – some 5 die per day on average –
Also saw 3 contraband under guard passing by,
Arranged tent, & baggage also made preparations to pack
& move at short notice & with small baggage
Company G had two men named Cook: Brothers Martin and William W.
Private John Slingland, Co. C., 25th New Jersey
[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]