Sunday, January 20, 2013

1863 January 6 camp across the Rappahannock from Fredericksburg

[from the diary of the Rev. Francis E. Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey]

Tues 6.  Fine in morg.  slight rain in P.M. – at 2 the whole 9th
Army Corps were reviewed by Gen Burnside – a splendid sight –
abt. 18 000 men – the cheers were tremendous – He only rode once
along the lines-& dismissed us a/c of rain–one regt. as we marched
off gave him three hearty Cheers – he raised his hat & Smiled –
visited hospl – read “Among the Pines” –

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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