Sunday, January 20, 2013

1863 January 5

[from the diary of Samuel S. Johnson, 1st Massachusetts Independent Light Battery]

      Jan 5th/63

Another year has passed, and to all
appearances the war is no nearer its end,
than it was last Jan.  During the year,
the battery has been engaged in six pitched
battles, and two skirmishes.  Have had one killed
outright, one mortally wounded, who was taken
prisoner, and died in Richmond, three have
been wounded, one taken prisoner, six have
died of sickness, one killed by accident. Nineteen
nineteen have been discharged, one deserted, and
ten are sick in the Hospital, a total loss of
42 men;  have had 23 recruits, and at present
we need over forty men to fill the battery up.
The past two weeks have been very quiet.
Were paid off on the 24th.  The weather has been
pleasant and cool.

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 8493

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