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

October 3d, 1862.

We have moved camp three miles, and are now five miles above Harper’s Ferry, on the banks of the Potomac. The days are extremely hot; the evenings deliciously cool, and mornings cold. We had a grand division review this morning, in honor of the President, who favored us with his presence. My curiosity was gratified by seeing a “live President,” and, above all, “Old Abe.” He looks much better than the likenesses we see of him—younger, and not so long and lank.

Strange rumors have been in circulation for several days—rumors of compromise; of almost unconditional surrender. What does it all mean? Is there a bare possibility the Rebels have had enough of it? That “chivalry” will acknowledge itself whipped by “mudsills,” and ask for peace, while they have six hundred thousand men in the field? As far as the rank and file of this army is concerned, we would like to see them “line up” in front of us and fight it out, and have done with it.

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