Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 1862

2d Lieut. Elliot:
Diary:
     March 8-Saturday
     Steamer Fulton arrived here this morning she has the Maine 13 a portion of it, & the Connecticut 12th on board reports the Mississippi within 20 hours sail of her with Major General Butler on board and our 10th company.
     Tremendous Excitement!! at Camp Thompson
     Time 11 O Clock AM 5 Offices 1st & 2nd Lieutenants have come on shore from the Fulton for our Regiment. it seems that Major Gen. Butler has been beaten by Gov. Andrews and the results is that we have a Colonel Dudley. Lieut. Col Lincoln, and Major Whitemore besides any quantity of Lieuts. it seems as though we are to have a change in our Officers. these men having their Commission have the advantage of us. all our Lieuts are shaking in their boots every one thinking it is him of course.
     Today a member of Comp E Thomas Hare. died from a fit of Appoplexy is to be buried tomorrow.
     Today our uniforms Coats have been given out and fitted to our men but they are shocking fits.
     Lieut Willey has returned it seems he got blown out to sea and could not get back went way out to rebel shore and came near being taken


Corpl. B. B. Smith:
Diary:
     Saturday, March 8, 1862
     Fine again the steamer fulton[?]
     And ship oceon pearl arrived
     This morn with the Conn 12th
     Maine 13th & 800 of the 14th Maine
     Regt. on board from camp chase
     Which they left about Feby. 7th
     The ship idahoe arrived below[?] with
     3 Batty. on board ??? Mass. Maine 1st
     And Vermont 1st on board.

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