"Tuesday eve, Dec. 2, 1862: We have just been at work all day building a doghouse for ourselves and have got the walls up and the roof covered so we can stay in it for the night. We are to have it chinked and plastered with Virginia mud but we haven't had time to do that today, so we have hung up our shelter tents against the wall to keep out the wind. We have got the whole construction of the affair planned except the pantry, and as we are going on picket again tomorrow morning we will take that along temporarily, and adjourn the discussion about its final construction until we get back again.
"Perhaps you would like to know how I get along with my washing. Well! Sometimes I do it myself but there is a family of nigs that live not more than 20 rods from our tent and the last time I got them to do it for me, price 18 cents for 3 articles: shirt, undershirt, and drawers, and I don't see but that I shall have to get them to do it again, as I shall be quite busy for several days in picketing and fixing our house." ~ Hezron G. Day, pvt., Company C, Sixteenth Regiment, Letter of December 1, 1862.
Meanwhile out on Bull Run the 13th, 14th & 15th continue their picket:
A number of prisoners have been captured by our pickets and brought into camp, supposed to be spies, and have been sent to headquarters. We have plenty of picket duty to perform here. Our pickets extend up Bull Run Creek and meet those of the 13th and 15th regiments, which are encamped at Union Mills, six miles distant."~ J. C. Williams, Corporal, Co. B, 14th Regiment, Life in Camp 42 (1864)
"Dec. 2. Once more on picket for twenty four hours. Our company is on once in three days. The sun shines, but the wind blows cold and chilly." ~Diary of Oliver A. Browne, Co. K, 15th Regiment