Monday, January 16, 2012

January 16, 1862

Fort Monroe 
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The Fort Monroe Authority
Qr. Master Sergt. Howe:
From a Letter:
     January 16, 1862. Thursday.
     Weighed anchor at 7 o'clock and again made for the Fortress. We soon saw Cape Charles, then Cape Henry. All came on board to look around. Some of the officers fired at ducks. Lieutenant Norcross fired and a ball passed through his finger, but don't think he will lose it. A fleet appeared ahead of us which proved to be a lot of schooners belonging to the Burnside expedition, carrying horses and luggage. We gave and received cheers. We dropped anchor and the Colonels have gone ashore. Oh, I must go and see the boys. Later.—The Burnside expedition sailed two days since. It is thought it has gone to Pamlico Sound. All are now writing home, if I have time I shall write more. The Colonel has come aboard. We shall stop a day or two. Captain Davis and Lieutenant Fifleld came aboard and took dinner with us. The R. L. I. is to be changed into a Flying Artillery. Corporal Hartwell has gone North to recruit.

2d Lieut. Elliot:
     January 16-Thursday
     Morning very pleasant weighed Anchor at 7 A.M. and sailed for Fortress Monroe. where we arrived at 11 ½ a.m. as we came in we passed the Pensacola. and a number of Men of War.
     As we came up to the Fortress the crew cheered us and we returned but not strictly in Man of War style.
     Briggs came on board and informed me that my wifes father died on Sunday. the day before we left Boston. Charley or Nell I have not as yet seen but shall no doubt before I leave here.

Corpl. B. B. Smith:
     Thursday, January 16, 1862
     Made land Hampton Roads were [sic]
     Arrived opposite Fortress Monroe
     About 10 ock [sic].  dropt anchor and
     The Colonels went onshore, and
     See the commander of the fort.
     There is a large blockading
     Squadron here.

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