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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Friday, May 22, 1863. Coping with heat and death.

"Friday 22nd. Taking it easy again to-day. Hot & nothing going on. Playing cards more or less". ~ Diary of Horace Barlow(UVM), 121, Horace Barlow, Pvt., Co. C, 12th Regiment
"Camp Carusi May 22th 1863 

"There are some few sick in our company. Only one dangerously. That is Aladuren Stowell of Morretown. Last week two of our boys died. Cyrus Thayer of Waitsfield and Charlie Billings of Fayston. Charley had always been tough as a knot but after he had the Measles, since then he has not been so tough and all the sick in our hospital are Boys that had the measles....

"Think by the appearance of things, we are going to move from here soon. We have stayed long enough in one place. It will be two months the 2th of next month since we came here to this camp and that is plenty long enough to stay in one place. The weather here is rather warm for comfort in the middle of the day. What it will be by the 10th of July is more than I can tell but one thing is certain, the Col. will not make us do more than is absolutely necessary. We have not had a drill for most two weeks.

"We probably shall be at home the first days of July, perhaps not till the 10th. Some think before but I do not but there is one thing that bothers me. Some of the men were drafted. Men drafted the 10th of September, how they can keep them till July, puzzles me some. If we take the places of drafted men, why should not our time commence when theirs would if they had been drafted on the 10th of July as they would have been if we had not enlisted when we did." ~ James Willson, 13th Regt., pvt, Co. B. , Letter #44, May 22, 1863 (VHS)

"22nd. Has been very warm to-day. Dug a cellar for ale. There has been a temperance lecture this evening." ~ Diary of Oliver A. Browne, Co. K, 15th Regiment

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