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 29, 2013

War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld

June 29. — We started early this morning, moving in a drenching rain, which continued most of the day, for Emmetsburg, some 23 miles off. We passed through some magnificent farms near Frederick, the fields of grain being ripe for the harvest, and looking as if they were ready to bend to the ground with their golden fruit. We passed through Mechanicstown and Catoctin Furnace, and finally reached Emmetsburg about 2 o’clock. I managed to get a feed for my horse, and some bread and milk for myself, and then started for Middleburg, 10 miles off, with a note from General Reynolds. I met Newhall[1] on the way, with General Gregg. I arrived at Middleburg, and found headquarters in a hotel. I had to wait until 10.30 for orders, but the time seemed less tedious from the music of the cavalry band, which played almost all the evening. Came back to camp and found our headquarters in the town. We passed on our march to-day St. Mary’s College for young men, about two miles from Emmetsburg, and St. Joseph’s, a convent where the Sisters of Charity “hang out.” I travelled between 40 and 5o miles to-day and did not get to bed until nearly one o’clock. Obtained General Howard’s orders, and brought them to him. Every one felt better to-day as General H. was away.

[1] From Philadelphia.

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