Monday, November 12, 2012
Wednesday, November 12, 1862.
"Wednesday 12th My birthday. I am 25 years old; ..... We are building three forts within about a mile of here & I have been on duty there to day; it will take some time to finish them yet. 7 P.M. We have just recd an order for 2 Commishd Officers & all privates for duty in the Co. to be ready to start on picket at 7 A.M. tomorrow with 2 days rations. The Regts take turns picketing, each staying out 48 hours. The Capt & myself are going. It is dark & cloudy & looks as if we may have a rough time." ~ Joseph Spafford, 1st Lieutenant, Company E, Sixteenth Regiment, Letter, November 24, 1862, UVM