From a Letter:
Friday. Very cold last night. Went ashore to-day to see about the balance of the goods. Could not ascertain anything at the freight depot; accordingly went to Lowell and obtained information desired. Called at Mr. Brooke's office and bade the folks goodbye, then went home and took a farewell dinner, after which rode up to camp and saw Lieutenant Fiske on business matters. Took the 2.15 train for Boston, arriving on board at 6 p. m.
2d Lieut. Elliot:
Weather very cold and blowing very heavily at 3 P.M. the Ship drifted out into the stream and cast anchor. this I suppose is for the purpose of keeping the men on board.
When she was here before the other two regiments were all around Boston and a number of them left back. This is to be avoided on this occasion if possible.
Orderly returned from East Boston this morning. he has been sick. on account of a cold taken on our approach to Boston It is a wonder there was no more taken sick. and colds for we stood and shivered all the time and stood on line in Boston. We suffered tremendously. [Illustration]
Corpl. B. B. Smith:
This morning went on deck
And found ourseleves [sic] dropped
Down the harbour [sic] where we
Lay till the 11th when we
Went on board the saxon [?]
Gun boat and went to fort
Indepedence a fine place we
First got settled when we had
Orders to go back to the constitu-
tion again got back at dark.
*January 3, 1863, B.B. Smith Diary, LaRC