Headquarters Porter's Division, 3d Army Corps, Camp Winfield Scott, April 25. Dear Father, — Last night about ten o'clock we received a dispatch from the headquarters of the corps, telling us to change the countersign, and the position of our guards and pickets, as a high officer had deserted to the enemy. The changes were [...]
War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld
Headquarters Porter's Division, 3d Army Corps, Camp Winfield Scott, April 21, 1862. DEAR FATHER, — By orders from headquarters the name of this camp has changed to Camp Winfield Scott. Ever since we landed at Fort Monroe our camps have been called by number in regular order. Our first camp at Hampton was No. 1, [...]
Headquarters Porter's Div., 3d Army Corps, Camp No. 5, April 18, 1862. Dear Mother, — The siege of Yorktown has not yet begun, and will not I am afraid for a week to come. We have skirmishes almost every night, some of their forces rushing out and firing a few rounds, and then running back [...]
Headquarters Porter's Div., 3d Army Corps, Camp No. 5, April 16, 1862. Dear Hannah, — The bombardment proper of Yorktown will not begin probably till 5 or 6 days from now, although there are scrimmages taking place every day, either between our gunboats and the rebel batteries or between our artillery and their batteries. To-day [...]
Headquarters Porter's Division, April 6, 1862. Dear Father, - We are now encamped about 2 miles from their batteries at Yorktown. I stood under my first fire yesterday, and don't think it is the pleasantest feeling in the world. Day before yesterday we advanced from New Market Bridge and went some 15 miles to Howard's [...]
Camp near New Market Bridge, March 29, 1862. Dear Father, — I suppose you have not heard anything about our moving here from the newspapers. All of them are forbidden to publish any news whatever of our movements. Day before yesterday a reconnoissance was made towards Big Bethel. I wrote Hannah a day or two [...]
Camp at New Market Bridge, March 26, 1862. Dear Hannah, — We shall probably start to-morrow morning for Big Bethel, which we shall occupy and I think without a battle. A reconnoissance was made today, but very few of the enemy were seen. We arrived here yesterday, and are encamped about 6 miles from Fortress [...]
Steamer Daniel Webster, March 21, 1862. Dear Hannah, — We are at anchor off Alexandria, having embarked on this fast steamer this afternoon. We shall go to the dock to-morrow morning to take General Porter and horse on board, and I intend taking that opportunity to send this letter. I am forced to use red [...]
Cloud's Mills, March 20, 1862. Dear Father, — I received your two letters containing the two photographs one of which I gave to General Porter, he asking for it first. I liked the full face better than the other, which General Porter took. I saw Professor Low the aeronaut the other day. He is a [...]
Cloud's Mills, March 18, 1862. Dear Father, — I think we are going up Pocosin [Poquoson?] River, a small river just behind Fort Monroe. This is confidential.
Friday, March 14. — We started for here last Monday morning, and have been here ever since.
Fairfax Court House, March 13, 1862. Dear Father, — . . . The President's Proclamation is liked very much by all the officers I have seen. I have got the box here, and daily tickle the palates of myself and brother officers with the different things you were kind enough to send me. I will [...]
Fairfax Court House, March 10, 1862. Dear Father, — Safe in the former headquarters of General Beauregard in the house of Dr. Gunnell, once a physician here but now a surgeon in the rebel army. The house, now General Porter's headquarters, is one of the best in this town, being built of brick and being [...]
Hall's Hill, Va., March 9, 1862. Dear Father, — We start certainly to-morrow at six A.M., and advance directly to Centreville. Our division proceeds to Fairfax Court House by the "dirt road." Colonel Averell with a regiment of infantry and two of cavalry pushes a reconnoissance beyond Centreville, supported by McDowell and Heintzelman in reserve. [...]
Tuesday, March 4. — I found that my horse had cast a shoe yesterday, so that I was obliged to have one put on this morning by the farrier at Martin's Battery. General Porter returned this morning from Washington. I received an invitation from General Butterfield yesterday to attend Miss Chase's reception, but as General [...]
Monday, March 3. — I rode into Washington with the general, and General Butterfield. I drew my pay for a month, amounting to $102.50. We stopped at McClellan's headquarters, where I found that all the generals of division of the Army of the Potomac were assembled. I left the general, and came out here on [...]
Halls Hill, Va., March 3, 1862. Dear Father, — I infer from your last letter, in which you say that I have not written you how I was received by General Porter, that you have not received all my letters. In letters written to Hannah and others of the family, I have mentioned several times [...]
Sunday, March 2. —I went with the general and Mr. Foote to Stockton's regiment, where we saw them inspected. We then went to Colonel Averell's, where we had a lunch; then to Forts Woodbury and De Kalb, and from there home. A little while before we started for home, it began to snow furiously, and [...]
Saturday, March 1.— Mr. Foote, a brother-in-law of the general's, came out to-day to spend a few days. We had a very pleasant day, and very like spring.
Friday, February 28. — Our orders to be ready to march were countermanded to-day. Nothing new.
Thursday, February 27. — We were waiting in anxious expectation all day for our orders to march, but no such orders came. We heard that Banks had crossed the Potomac below Harper's Ferry, and I found that if we marched, we were to go to Washington, from there up the river as far as possible [...]
Wednesday, February 26. — Morning and most of the afternoon pleasant, but just as I came in from brigade drill under General Martindale, it began to rain. Found the general at home, and busy writing orders for our starting. If it does not rain too much we shall start tomorrow, I think. I am getting [...]
Tuesday, February 25. —Wind moderated, and day pleasant. Went up to General Morell's to see a flag-presentation, but got tired waiting and so rode home with Tom Sherwin. Got our new cook to-day.
Monday, February 24. — We had a very strong wind to-day, at times amounting to a hurricane, blowing over trees and tents promiscuously. My tent luckily did not blow over. My horse narrowly escaped being crushed to death in his stall by the falling of the stable. Almost all the tents in the regiments around [...]
Sunday, February 23. — Day cloudy and misty as usual. This morning I found that my horse had the scratches. I am sorry for it, as I shall not be able to use him for some days. Captain Allen and Lieutenant Phillips 1 were here this evening to visit me. I bet a box of [...]