Thursday, May 3, 2012

May 3, 1862

2d Lieut. Elliot:
     May 3-Saturday
     Had a hard drill in morning before breakfast. run hot and a double quick drill does not improve the feelings of sick men a particle our men are nearly all ½ sick from their long confinement on shipboard. Capt Yeaton buried another man to day. he seems to have hard luck with his men has lost more than any Company in the Regiment thus far.
     Changed our Quarters marched to Odd Fellows hall and took possession it is a fine building and seems a shame to put soldiers into such places. The Lodge room we do not interfere with at all. Only the hall used for concerts and Dances. Col and staff quarter at Park Hotel. our meals are costing us a little more than a $1.50 per day. everything is very high in the City and only a few places are open at all. the city seems almost deserted.
     Almost an hour drill in the afternoon we keep our drills no matter where we are and it has always has been so that accounts for the excel-and drill of our Regiment it is called Number one.
     Ge. Butlers quarter at St. Charles.

Corpl. B. B. Smith:
     Saturday 3
     Drery pleasent day had a battalion
     Drill this morn. about 11 Oc had orders
     To fall in in heavy marching orders and
     March up into the city and took
     Quarters in a splendid building the
     Hall we have was used by Mayor
     And Odd fellows.  it was very hot
     I got 4[?] letter yesterday.  1 from my wife
     1 Martha Got 1 Heather[?].  The populace
     Are quiet the stores are all closed
[Possible memorandum for the day, but not located yet.]

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