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William Wallace van Amber
Civil War Diaries & Letters


Diary Entries October 22, 1863

Diary entry Dated 10/22/63

Thu. Oct. 22, 1863

Went down to the ambulance wagon and had a good visit with H. K. He is well. I took three shirts, 2 pairs socks, 2 handkerchiefs. One shirt and socks for Miles. Lay here yet near the Gap

Fri. Oct. 23, 1863

I wrote 2 letters today, one to mother & one to I. M. J. My tent mate C.M. is very sick He got a letter with some spruce gum in it. He gave me a good chew.

Sat. Oct. 24, 1863

This morning it rains like fun. We are on the march again, back towards Bristol Station Had to ford a stream up to our knees. It rained all day and was very cold.

Sun. Oct. 25, 1863

In camp near Bristoe Station or where it was. The rebs tore up the railroad track from here to the Rappahannock. There was a pretty hard battle fought here on this very ground. There is a great many graves here.

Mon. Oct. 26, 1863

It cleared off Saturday night and is very cold. It froze ice over the water. We lay under marching orders.

Tues. Oct. 27, 1863

Very cold yet. It froze pretty hard last night. We have brigade inspection this afternoon. I feel very well yet.

Wed. Oct. 28,1863

Very pleasant morning. Drill and dress parade as ever. I got a letter from H. K. today; he is in Lincoln General Hospital, Washington.

Thu. Oct. 29,1863

Wrote a short letter to HK Mailed 23 letters to him. Ordered to pack up everything by half past 12 to go on picket. Stood 2 hours on and 4 off from 3 o.c. till 9 the next day.

Fri. Oct. 30, 1863

9 o.c. On picket yet about 1 1/2 miles from camp. We was relieved at 1 o.c. today.

Sat. Oct. 31, 1863

It rains like fun this morning. Ordered to be ready for muster and inspection at 8 o.c.

Sun. Nov. 1, 1863

A fine morning this. It was a very cold night last night. Had an inspection this morning at 10 o.c. I am sitting here cooking beans in my pint cup. That is all I have to cook in.

Mon. Nov. 2, 1863

Fine weather today. I went about one mile after 11 o.c. today and went into a creek & washed myself all over & my socks handkerchiefs & towel. It was pretty cold. We had battalion drill this afternoon. I feel pretty well today.

Tues. Nov. 3, 1863

A fine day, indian summer. I wrote a letter to Ett today and just as I got it done, I got one from her. She was well. I was glad to hear from her.