Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4, 1862

Qr. Master Sergt. Howe:
From a Letter:
     January 4, 1862.
     Saturday, Went ashore this morning and stored my luggage on Long Wharf, as the Captain said no more could be put aboard, which order did not suit me very well; accordingly, I went to Captain George about it and made out to get two boxes, the most important, aboard. The rest will go on the next vessel. Mr. Stone, reporter for the Lowell Courier, came aboard to-night. He is going with us. A tug plies between us and the wharf. Had a splendid dinner today. Reading, singing, playing cards in the evening, smoking after meals, are the principal amusements just now. All are anxious to sail. Services took place in the saloon at 10.30 o'clock. Eev. Mr. Babbidge, of the 26th Massachusetts Regiment, made a few remarks. The text was from Genesis 16th chapter, the 13th verse: "Thou God seest me." The Chaplain of the 12th Maine assisted. There are a few ladies on board, Colonel Shepley's daughter and niece, and Colonel French's wife.

2d Lieut. Elliot:
     January 4-Saturday
     We have not recieved sailing orders as yet and I do not know as we shall have any for everything work or seems to against us. here we are leying here in this ship, breathing over the impure air. and laying liable to sickness as any moment. 
     Weather very cold and clear. I for one shall be glad when we get on our voyage to a warmer clime. for laying on Shipboard in Boston harbor with thermometer at Zero is anything but pleasant. I am already tired of it. 
     Nothing of interest has transpired since we have been on board our Quarters are fitted up very nice. but there are 5 of us in one state room. that will be a little close when we get where it is warmer, but nothing in comparison with the Quarters of our men. they are Quartered very close. especially in the lower hold.

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