Friday, May 4, 2012

May 4, 1862

2d Lieut. Elliot:
     May 4-Sunday
     Very quite our usual Sunday inspections this morning Regimental everything looks well. marched down to the Levie and went through with it. a rather sorry looking set of Officers for Inspection. with no good uniforms in the line at all in our old fatigue jackets. Whit and myself with our heavy top boots on in a hot day, and dusty City.
     Our Officers are all, nearly all used up with Diarrhea a very violent kind. and some of them are very severely used up. I have had only a slight attack as yet. but may have at any time for it seems to take, them all. Capt Shipley I do not think has been well since he left Ship Island, and I do not believe he will be as long as he remains in this climate. It certainly does not agree with him.

Corpl. B. B. Smith:
      Sunday, May 4, 1862.
     Fine again.  I am on guard to day
     This is a holiday with the majority
     Of the people.  the colored population
     Are out dressed in their best
     The stores are nearly all closed
     And the people treat us with
     Coolness but respect, except
     Now & then a secesh soldier
     Then we take our ?????? of.

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