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 [...]
War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld
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 [...]
Saturday, February 22. — Washington's Birthday was appropriately celebrated by firing salutes, and by the parade of the different regiments, and the reading of Washington's Farewell Address before them. The day was not favorable for any extensive preparations, it being rainy most of the time. I walked out into the woods about half a mile [...]
Friday, February 21. — Nothing new to-day. Pleasant weather. My tent is much improved by having the saddle put in the outer tent, and my table put in the corner. It gives me twice as much room as before.
Thursday, February 20. — I went to Washington to-day in an ambulance, with Sam and Michael and one of the telegraph operators. We went on the corduroy road, and such riding I never felt in my life before, the wagon creaking and shaking in every joint, and I myself feeling as if I were doing [...]
Wednesday, February 19. — A stormy day. In the evening we went to a supper given by General Martindale's staff. It was really a very fine supper, especially for a camp one. They had a handsome bill of fare, with gilt, etc., and quite a handsome-looking table. The chandelier for the occasion was made of [...]
Tuesday, February 18. — Rode over to Miner's Hill with the general and saw some target practice by Griffin and Weeden's batteries. Morning cloudy, but cleared at noon, and cloudy again at night. Received a long letter from Hannah,' and answered it.
Hall's Hill, Va., Feb. 18, 1862. Dear Hannah, — . . I went with General Porter to Miner's Hill to-day, and saw and I must say also heard, some cannon firing. One gun from Griffin's Battery, Regular Army, and one from Weeden's Battery (R. I.) came out to practise before the general. The firing was [...]
Monday, February 17. — A most delightful day in some respects, although cloudy and rainy. We received the cheering news from Tennessee of our success there. The general instantly dispatched messengers, or rather orderlies, to the different brigadiers under his command, and ordered them to call out their respective brigades, and read them the "glorious [...]