Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 18, 1862

2d Lieut. Elliot:
Diary:
     18-Tuesday
     Weather in the morning warm and pleasant. I say warm it is so warm that Apron is uncomfortable with either vest or coat on. if at home would call it a hot day.
     An Alligator was killed on the upper end of the Island this morning mustering 7 feet long
     2 ships came in with [---] this morning one of them had the 8 New Hampshire Reg’t on board they have been 21 days on their passage Gen. Ayer is with them as first Lieut of Comp B. he was in to see us to day
     Brigade drill this P.M. just as we got through there commenced one of their little [---] which are peculiar to the climate [---] into one of our peculiar storms of rain and wind lasted all night
     News of a Heavy fight in the west in which the Rebels lose 3 Generals and a large number of prisoners. our loss was very heavy. this news came by a Southern paper found in a schooner taken as a prize by the “Black devil of the Gulf,” or as we call it the New London.
     Ben McCullock is one of the Generals who was killed.

Corpl. B. B. Smith:
Diary:
     Tuesday 18
     Fine again. i am on guard to day
     The Ship E W Farley[?] arrived this AM
     With 600 of the 8th NH Regt. on
     Board they landed this evening and
     Had to sleep in the hay.  a ship & gun
     Boat in sight New London come
     In with a schooner as a prize we had
     A Hard shower which made the N
     Hampshire boys stare.  a lone[?] rail Roa[d?]
     Building to convey baggage.

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