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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fairfax Station. Saturday March 7, 1863. Three officers arrested past curfew.

"March 7. The orders of yesterday have been countermanded, and news has come that the programme is changed, and instead of an advance movement by Stuart, he has retreated across the Rappahannock with his whole force."J. C. Williams, Corporal, Co. B, 14th Regiment, Life in Camp, 86 (1864)

"Saturday, March 7th: Again we have an illustration of the fickleness of March, for it commenced raining last night, and has rained moderately ever since, so there is no particular likelihood of our having a drill this morning. ...

"The company turned out at least fifty men for dress parade last night, besides the usual details for guard and fatigue duty, the cooks and the sick. The orders in camp now are that no man shall be out after taps at 8 p.m. But last night the guards picked up three of the officers of the regiment, one captain and two lieutenants, and marched them up to the guard house. One of the guards was from our company, and he said they looked crestfallen enough; and the officer of the guard was a lieutenant at whose expense the other officers have had a great deal of sport. Even he laughed over it all right, and told the boys that it was worth five dollars to him.

"All is quiet and still just now, with nothing to relieve the monotony of camp life except an occasional rumor of moving, which probably has no foundation except in the minds of the circulators. The greatest excitement we have had lately was over a piece in the paper from Adjutant General Washburn saying that our time would be out in nine months from the time we were mustered in. Some of them were inclined to believe it would not be out sooner. H G D" 
~ Hezron G. Day, pvt., Company C, Sixteenth Regiment, Letter of March 7, 1863 

"March 7. Rained all day and is raining now. Mud not more than eight inches deep. One of the boys just fell into a sink which was made for to throw slops into, and they are having quite a time over it. Wet him through and through."Diary of Oliver A. Browne, Co. K, 15th Regiment.

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