Monday, November 5, 2012

1862 October 6 Fairfax Seminary

[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.
of Brigade.

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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