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 18, 2013

War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld

April 18. — Started from Stafford with my wagons a few minutes past six A.M. Reached General Howard’s quarters myself about 8. Asked him for a new detail of 100 men to relieve the 100 obtained early in the morning from the 82d Ohio. He was very pleasant and obliging, and ordered the men to meet me at Brook’s Station, where I arrived with train about 10 o’clock. Found my detail and pushed on to our headquarters, which I reached about 2.30 P.M., without meeting with any accident except having a team run away and tumble into Potomac Creek. We had a tough time getting up the hill near the creek, but after that everything went straight. There was a Captain Mensel of General McLean’s staff who had charge of the fatigue party of 100 men. He lunched here with me, and was very agreeable.

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