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

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Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne.

August 13, 2012

Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne

Written from the Sea islands of South Carolina.

[Diary] August 13, Wednesday.

Dr. Wakefield and Mr. Breed went to General Hunter complaining that the negro regiment was quartered in their garden. General Hunter, who has always suspected the superintendents of preventing enlistment and frowning upon negro soldiers, became so exasperated by their complaints that he threatened to send them home in irons if they oppose the negro regiment any more. General Saxton is very angry at their taking it upon themselves to go to General Hunter. They are under General Saxton’s authority and it was extreme disrespect to go to General Hunter to obtain his interference in General Saxton’s department.

I run up the flag every evening for our men to assemble and drill.

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