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Monday, April 1, 2013

April 1,1863. April-fools.

“Wednesday April 1st 1863. … Co. C. this P.M. was ordered by Col Randall down the Occoquan, below Sally Davis' ford to catch a rebel-mail-carrier. They were out all night & as it turns out, Col Baker's detective force took the "gentleman" ere he left Alexandria, & before our Co was ordered out.” Diary of Horace Barlow, 97, Co. C, 12th Regiment

“April 1. For several days the camp has been unusually quiet; no rumors; no raids on any part of the picket line kept up by our brigade. Everybody has enjoyed to-day; warm, sunshiny; and almost all have been April-fools. During the afternoon it is noised about that we are going on a march in the morning. Many think that this is only a jest.” ~ Lt. Edwin Palmer, 13th Regiment,  The Second Brigade: or, Camp Life, By a Volunteer (1864) 

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