"Who is this that looks forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banners?"

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

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