[from the diary of the Rev. Francis Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey]
Thurs 6. Raw cold day windy – wrote letters to friends of sick & dead.
Lt. Col Ayres sick with Typhoid fever – We are fixing
up a house within our lines for hospital.
It is near 4 P.M. – the muffled drums announce that daily funeral
fr. the hospital - 6 buried tonight – To night I am to present a sword sent
fr Paterson to Col Derrom – He was not present at dress
parade – At Eveg. Mr Reid (now of Xn. Commission) & Lt. Col. _ of
2d. Pa. Cav. called – pleasant talk of an hour or two. They both
wanted me as Chapl. to that Regt – the one I was invited to
last winter – We are ordered to reduce baggage & be
ready for instant movement –Hereafter the entire Regt.
goes on picket for two days alternately with other Regt.
[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]