Mon 8. Clear bright cold day. Wrote Mr. H. got letters
Sat. fr. home – franked letters. Nothing but coffee & hard
tack for breakfast. rose at reveille – Saw several regts.
Army close by in gorge – Abt. noon staff baggage – Ard & my
horse & blankets came – It was a welcome
We ate sweet potatoes roast turkey & bread, with
relish. Attended dress parade. 815 is strength of regt.
Coming in - Perry sd. with tears he had given way to anger &
used bad language – talked & comforted him.
One crazy boy – says “My dear Chaplain you never heard
me say bad words Amen” – Col. M & officers took
tea with us. I am to go (DV) tomorrow with
Col. M. to Burnside’s head Quarters Falmouth to
see about being new brigaded &c visited Capt. Blenkow
Sick in Shelter tent. Sd. his father was shot at Waterloo
before he was born – tallest man in his regt. the
Capt is abt. the shortest in his. May be ordered to front
any moment – cant get any supplies except
pork – crackers – coffee sugar salt & potatoes.
Our march here was abt. 70 miles - & 6 crossg. river,
a week a way. Not quite so cold today.
[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]
Three men with last name Perry in 25th New Jersey: Private Berthnal of Co. C, Private John of Co. H. and Private Theodore S. of Co. H.
Col. Moses N. Wisewell [?] of 28th New Jersey
Capt. David Blenkow, Co. F, 25th New Jersey