[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]