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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Monday, March 2, 1863. On the Alert at Wolf Run Shoals

"Monday 2nd.  Regiment engaged on fort & on roads. Dress Parade at night, which I attended. Played Whist in the evening. Went to bed, immediately after "tatoo" & had just got nicely settled, when the Capt came around & gave orders for all "to be ready, with 40 rounds of cartridges, to fall in, at a moments notice". So we got up & put on our overcoats & equipments & laid down again. The cause of the alarm was that a large force was reported at "Gates' ford" on the Bull Run. We slept, (perhaps unnecessarily) with our equipments on till morning. No further alarm. I forgot to state, in yesterday's space, that an operator for our telegraph came up here Sunday, about Midnight, so, now, we are in telegraphic communication with W. by way of Union Mills." Diary of Horace Barlow, 86-87, Co. C, 12th Regiment

"March 2. Since we came here, there has been no drilling, on account of the snow and mud. To-day there was battalion drill. At night, after most are lain down, orders were sent through the camp for all to be ready to march. There is not much of a stir. All place their guns and equipments where they can get them quickly in the dark. Soon the soldiers are asleep, and never knew why the orders came, only that there were rumors of the enemy near us."~ Lt. Edwin Palmer, 13th Regiment,  The Second Brigade: or, Camp Life, By a Volunteer (1864) 

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