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.

June 20, 2013

War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld

Headquarters 1st Army Corps,
Guilford Station, June 20, 1863.

Dear Father, — We arrived here yesterday from Herndon Station, a distance of three miles. We expect orders soon to march on to Goose Creek, which is about six miles from here, and which empties into the Potomac near Leesburg and Ball’s Bluff. I do not think that the whereabouts of the main force of the rebels is known, and until it is found out I think we shall not move very far.

Our cavalry is partly at Aldie, where they have had two fights in both of which they whipped the rebels, capturing between 6o and 70 cavalry each time.

This railroad that we are on is the London and Hampshire road, running to Leesburg. It is torn up in many places from Vienna here.

I have a great deal of riding to do, and have already used up two of my horses. I am now using a government animal, but by to-morrow or next day I shall be able to use my own. Their backs are a little sore, but are getting well fast.

I am perfectly well, and was never better in my life. In regard to the position of our Army, I shall say but little, as this letter might be captured. The corps are mostly round about this country, however.

I have not heard from home for some eight or nine days. We have not been able to get our mails, on account of our frequent marches.

A correspondent of the New York Tribune has been arrested this morning for publishing the movements of the different corps. . . .

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