Friday, February 1, 2013

1863 January 26 across the Rappahannock from Fredericksburg

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


Mon 26 – pleasant  -  called with Wm. on Gen. Sumner (who knows
him -) He told us that he   Franklin & Burnside
were relieved & Hooker in Chief Command.
rode along pickets with Wm saw rebels at work on
entrenchments – ate no dinner – took salts.
Had some men fr. Co. I to sing in eveg
Tues Wm tried to get pass to take me home – could,
but, I would not sign application – felt no
real necessity – Surgeon McDonald would give it
but I could not see it my duty to start yet.

[transcript by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]

MSS 12935

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