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.

May 2, 2013

War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld

May 2. — General Reynolds’s corps moved up to-day from the left to United States Ford. Captain Lubey came here in the evening. He said that the canvas pontoon train was used at Kelly’s Ford, where three corps crossed on it. General Benham sent me to General Hunt,[1] to ascertain whether he considered himself in command here. General Hunt said that he did. There was heavy firing on the right in the evening, which turned out to be the enemy attacking the Eleventh Corps, which ran disgracefully.[2] Day was pleasant, and in the night we had the moon, which is now almost full. General B. spoke to me again about the occurrences of April 28 and 29, and I had to tell him my opinion again. Captains Strang and Nares were here to-day.

[1] General Hunt was Chief of the Artillery.

[2] May 2 was the second day of the battle of Chancellorsville.

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