[from the "War Journal" of George Hazen Dana, of the 32nd Massachusetts, as he compiled it at a later date from his war time letters and diaries]
[letter of the 6th continues:]
February 7th 1863.
As beautiful a day as ever was seen, though very
muddy underfoot. I expect we shall
be on the move again soon, as rumors are rife
to that effect, and Hooker is by no means a
slowcoach – on the contrary, ‘go ahead’, even to
rashness is his style. . . . Health never better.