Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Diary of David L. Day.

April 16, 2013

David L Day–My diary of rambles with the 25th Mass

April 16. Work goes bravely on at the fort; one gun mounted today and if we can have two or three days more we shall be ready to receive company. Our little force here is being well handled, and with the aid of the boats can make a stubborn resistance. We heard that Gen. Spinola left Newbern with quite a force, going overland to the relief of Gen. Foster, but when about half way there he got scared and turned back. Gen. Foster will not compliment him very highly for that feat. I have heard a rumor that we have had an invitation to surrender; that a flag of truce came to our lines and requested an interview with the post commander. Col. Pickett went out. They said something about his surrendering, when the colonel replied he had not been in communication with his superior recently and had received no orders to surrender, and that under the circumstances he thought it wouldn’t look hardly military to surrender without first burning a little powder over it. He then dismissed the flag. Bravo, colonel, bravo!

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