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

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War Diary and Letters of Stephen Minot Weld.

April 1, 2013

War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld

April 1. — General Benham and Lieutenant Perkins went to Washington. The army was stampeded last night by a report that the enemy were coming down on us. From all that I can learn, it was probably an “April Fool.” I went down to Dalton’s to-day, and then to General Griffin’s. Also saw Colonel Hayes in regard to George, and received a favorable answer. Went to the 22d Massachusetts with Barnard, and saw Sherwin. Day pleasant and windy. I should judge from indications I see around me, that the next move will be in the direction of Burnside’s mud movement.[1] Some think that we shall be sent out to the Mississippi. Granting furloughs again certainly does not look much like a speedy move.

[1] This refers to the Fredericksburg campaign, which was so called.

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