Monday, February 4, 2013

1863 January 29 New Bern, N.C.

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Co. F., 25th Massachusetts]

Thursday
Jan 29
It was a pretty cold night last night
and has been quite cold today.  I have been
getting what the boys want for clothing and have
played backgammon with Hall some.  Wrote two
letters for George Kinsman.  this evening I went up into
Jim Gardners tent, and had quite a discussion with
[him] about the truth of the bible.  He contradicted himself
so that the boys all were down on him, and I hope
it may lessen his influence over them, some of them,
for evil.  O Lord may I give thee all the glory, as
I fear I may have allowed myself to give way to a
wrong spirit, but wilt Thou O Father grant me Thy
forgiveness and may I do all things for The glory and honor.

MSS 11293

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