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Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4, 1863; Spring cleaning.

Camp of 13th Vt
Wolf Run Shoals
Winter 1863
"March 4. Quite windy and cold. Froze quite hard last night and continues to grow cold. Think we shall have some more snow before the cold weather gives out. Yesterday we had a snow and hail rainstorm, and quite a number of other kinds of storms, and the ground has dried and froze up some, which makes it quite comfortable under foot." Diary of Oliver A. Browne, Co. K, 15th Regiment. 

"March 4. The whole day is spent in cleaning the camp. The streets are swept, brush picked and burned, sinks filled up and new ones dug, cook stands and tents examined by the surgeon, and censured or praised, according to their neatness...." ~ Lt. Edwin Palmer, 13th Regiment,  The Second Brigade: or, Camp Life, By a Volunteer (1864) 

"Wednesday 4th To-day completes 5 months of our term of service. This A.M. I put on a new pr. of Pantaloons, wh I drew some time since. Also went to John Dwyer's & came out minus my alarming growth of Whiskers."  Diary of Horace Barlow, 87, Co. C, 12th Regiment

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