[from the diary of the Rev. Francis Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey]
Sat. 8. Warmer – snow melts – busy helping make arrangements for
sick–Young Nicholson whom I saw dying–is dead – his bro. is down with
measles. Moved Col. [Enoch J.] Ayres into a house, fitted up for hospital –
Met an excellent Chapl. of 16th Mass – great experience through temperance
devoted, pious excellent gentlemanly man. At dress parade
I presented a sword &c to Col. D[derrom] for [from] his Employees.
Another death at that Emory Hospital. Thos. Beckwith Co. F of measles.
wrote his mother – Sudden – his Co. will send body home –
Capt. B – called – under conviction talked & prayed with him. Had
promised his dying sister he would be ready to follow her –
a year & more ago – felt more deeply since came to Regt.
then before – W. also called talked & prayed with him.
We have all measles cases in one Hos. tent & other sick in
Hos. house – more comfortable – It is 11 P.M. we go on
picket tomorrow at 8 – without shelter tents for two days
Letter fr. M. H. & fine map of Va. fr. Mr. [Julius Erasmus?] Hilgard
the Rev. Arthur B. Fuller was chaplain of the 16th Massachusetts
[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]