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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Thursday, April 30, 1863. Mustered for pay. A promotion.

"April 30. The camp was again alarmed last night. About ten o'clock, firing was heard on the picket line, and soon the long roll-call was beaten, calling the men to arms. But a short time elapsed before the regiment was in line, ready for the expected attack, but none was made, however." ~ John  C. Williams, Corporal, Co. B, 14th Regiment, Life in Camp 116 (1864)

"Camp Near Wolf Run, Va. Aprl. 30th
"Dear Parents, Brothers & Sister. 

"It is with pleasure that I seat myself this evening to write you a few lines to let you know that we are all alive. ...

"Well to day has been fast I suppose or at least there was a proclamation by the president of the U.S. to that effect. But I believe that it has been the hardest days work that we have done for several weeks for there has been inspection, muster for pay & five hours work a clearing up land for the rebs or rebel Sympathizers then a company drill of an hour & a half & to wind up with there was Dress parade.

"As it is half past nine & as I have got to make our a detail of eleven men for picket & three for guard for tomorrow, I will draw to a close until morning & then I will try & finish it, if I can get time before the mail goes out." Jabez H. Hammond, West Windsor, age 20, Sgt. Co. A, 12th Regt Letter No. 38

"Thursday 30th. Walked to Camp this A.M. to be mustered for pay. Had a good visit & returned after getting my mail at 6 P.M. Policing up the Camp very generally. Think they are preparing for a move. Finis to my sick month, April." ~ Diary of Horace Barlow, 111, Pvt., Co. C, 12th Regiment

"April 30. Mustered."  ~ Lt. Edwin Palmer, 13th Regiment, The Second Brigade: or, Camp Life, By a Volunteer (1864) 

"31st. Four contrabands arrived to-day for Alexandria. Among them a nice young white lady from Warrynton. Mustered for pay." Diary of Oliver A. Browne, Co. K, 15th Regiment

" Alvin H. Henry was reduced from First Sergeant to Second and
James B. Scully promoted from Second Sergeant to First Sergeant, April 30th, a strange coincident." Ralph Orson Sturtevant, Pictorial History of the 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers 153 (1910)

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