2d Lieut. Elliot:
Warm and pleasant. Lieut and his party have gone, went of at 7 O Clock.
A man from Camp has shot of one of his fingers this morn and now while I am writing I can hear him making a terrible noise while it is being am-putated.
Captain is no better and I am now in command while Bill is away. in the woods cutting timber for a cook house.
I was up to Gen. Phelps getting some information about our pay rolls. but it seems to be a very complicated affair and I do not know nor can form no idea how it will terminate.
Eastman is no better do not think he will live but a short time longer. have to furnish watchers for him every night. he has been a very sick man Typhoid Fever. has been sick since we arrived at Fort Monroe first with measles now with this vile disease.
Lieut Lovrien towed down one raft of logs to night and goes back in morning for more.
Captain does not seem any better and I have a slight touch of Rheumatisn in my limbs to night but think I shall work it of soon.
No school this evening but our time is to be devoted to the making out of samples of master rolls for Gen. Phelps inspection.
Corpl. B. B. Smith:
Monday, February 24, 1862
Another fine morn i went and got
A few shells on the beach we all enjoy
Ourselves very well we have 3 drills a
Day of 1 hour each. it is a hard place
To drill in on account of the sand
We are all quite black i am in tip
Top spirit but should like to hear
From home but must have
Patience. O Lord[?] yes.