[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Co. F., 25th Massachusetts]
[Spaulding's dating is still off. The 4th was a Thursday in 1862]
I am twenty five today and I thank
God that He has spared me with health
and strength for so many years. I had hoped to
have been at home to day but God saw fit
to have me here. Drilled in skirmishing through
the woods and had a good drill. I then washed
my clothes before dinner. In the afternoon
did some company writing and read some
Am anxious to get a mail as I have had none
for nearly a month now. Played chess with George
this evening, and beat him every time=six times.
I wonder what my dear father and mother are
doing to-night in my far off New England home.