Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 7, 1862

Qr. Master Sergt. Howe:
From a Letter:
     January 7, 1862.
     Tuesday. Went ashore to see about my transfer from my company at Fort Monroe to the 30th Massachusetts Regiment. Lieutenant Weigel is to write to the Captain in reference to it. Called at the Normal School to see cousin Ellenette. Got back in time for dinner. An Indian squaw is on board; she is quite handsome, her husband is a Zouave soldier. We were obliged to handcuff a man for trying to desert. Rumor is, that we are going ashore at Fort Warren to await orders. I hope not. Some of the men were disposed to make trouble last night, but were quieted.

2d Lieut. Elliot:

     January 7-Tuesday
     Weather still continues very cold and no prospect of a change at present. if we should once start our men would feel better and be more contented but as it is there are vague insinuations about the authority by which they are holden. besides mur-murings about the State Aid this one thing alone has caused us more trouble than all the many Regiments in the field have had through their whole campaign. and I hope it may soon have an end or men are all Mass Volunteer as much as any the Reg’t that ever hailed from there.

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