|Sketch from the 1862 Diary of Richard Elliot|
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A very warm I may add a hot day. the sun beat down upon us very hard. And we have had the hardest days work since we came here. some of our men are obliged to leave the ranks from the heat and fatigue.
Our line was formed at 8 ½ A.M. for review and inspection the 26th Mass, 9th Connecticut, Maine 12th and last but not least 2nd or Eastern Bay State Regiment 1 Quadroon of Mounted Rifles on foot and Essex Battery of Mass. we marched in review at Quick time. and from thence to our Company parade ground were dismissed for about 10 minutes and then called into line line for muster and inspection Gen. Phelps called the names from the muster roll and then went through with the inspection our men were all properly accounted for and all but 2 present in line or Hospital. Captain was in his own Quarters and could not come out his health does not seem to improve any as yet.
I today have written to Jane and have also sent a letter I wrote some 2 or 3 days since.
Lieut and some of our men are building our cook house this afternoon.
We to day hear that the N.H. 8 Regiments are on there way here and that George Ayer is in the Regiment as a 2nd Lieut. another old Phalanx.
Corpl. B. B. Smith:
Fine day. got up at 4 Ock and went
To cleaning guns Brasses equipments
And brushing up to lookin well
As possible for general inspection
By Genl. & Phelps. took breakfast
And fell into line it was very
Hot and we had a hard march of
Over 5 miles in the heat & sand
The old Gen inspected all 4 of the
Regts. he appears like very nice
???. the lighthouse was lightt
Up to night for the first time
Since their land was taken possession
Of by us. there was a member of
Co. C buried yesterday it was a very
Impressive sight. there is a number
Sick yet in the hospital the nicagura
sails for Key west & N York tomorrow