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.

July 25, 2013

War diary and letters of Stephen Minot Weld

July 25. — Received orders to march at daylight this morning for Warrenton Junction. Started as ordered, and reached there by noon, a distance of io miles. Before leaving in the morning, Mrs. Smith, wife of Extra Billy,[1] came up to the hotel, to try to get back her cattle, which General Cutler took. I believe she was successful. She said that she hoped Extra B. would be inaugurated Governor of the State and the Union in January next. We found the Eleventh Corps just arriving at the Junction as we came in. Two divisions of the corps were placed on the right of the railroad, and one proceeded to Beale-ton. We found good water scarce, as it always is in this vicinity. Our headquarters were near the Junction, in a grove of trees. This makes the third time that I have encamped at Warrenton Junction during this war. The first time last August, with General Porter; the second time last month, with General Reynolds; and the third time with General Newton.

[1] “Extra Billy Smith,” Governor of Virginia somewhere about the beginning of the War. Called “Extra Billy” Smith because he put in so many bills for extras.

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