Diary of Alvin Brackett

Alvin M. Brackett
Yarmouth
Maine

Alvin M. Brackett
1st Me. Cav. Co. F
[facing page 1]
[chart of sun rise, sun set, moon set, and high tide times for December 1864 for New York and San Francisco]

1
FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1864.
new years day it rained most all of last
night we wer turned out before light out
orders take ready to march at daylight to take
only the avaliable horses so my old plug was not
fit I didnot have to go. fixed the chimney to
see if I couldnot stop it from smoking the
wind blowes so I cannot tell it is dreadfull
cold tonight is freezing fast I pitty the
boys they have gon to Front Royall: for supper
had biscuit old minse pie so much for new years

SATURDAY 2
Camp near Bealton
Today has bin dreadfull cold I had a little
tetch of the ague had to lay abed most
all day I was inhopes that I should
never have it again but it is
bound to hang on; I’m glad my old
horse was played out for I shouldnot
bin in vary good trim to march

2 SUNDAY 3
Camp near Bealton
it has bin quit mild today, they have
got the story round that we have got
to move camp and there is a story
round that Col. Smith and thirty
men wer drowned crossing a river,
we wer turned out about [????] [time?]
last night with our carbiens got a
letter form Orrin and wrote one to
Nell and sent ten dollars to her and henry

2 MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 1864.
Camp near Bealton
it has snowed all day and is still
snowing, a part of the Rg. come in
tonight all but 5 or six of our Co. come
they went as far as Front Royal and
returned to Warrenton with a despach,
I am on switch first relief.
they took a number of prisoners and horses

TUESDAY 5
Warrenton
we broke camp about noone got here
about 9 oclock I had to walk
most all the way I feal pretty
stiff. we ar goin into winter
quarters round here, the 1st Brig
has bin here sometime. we [joined?] the
rest of the boys here.

WEDNESDAY 6
Camp near Warrenton
we moved down some two miles
along the railroad end here is
where we ar to camp for the
Winter. I am so lame after my
walk that I can barely walk
we have got a good place. Better
than we had down below, some of
they boys have got bords [end?] to build
their quarters with
3
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1864.
Camp near Bealton Warrenton
to day is my birth day I am 21
it doesent seam as thoe I was so
old I used to look forward to this day
and think I should be happyer than
ever but it isent so, and an other
thing I thought this war would be
closed before this: we havent done aney
thing yet toards a shanty.

FRIDAY 8
Camp near Warrenton
we got a team and hauld some brick and
went over to an old camp and took down
a shanty and hauled over I got a
letter from mother my box has started
and I got a letter from [mit?] she
is at aunt Mies.

SATURDAY 9
Camp near Warrenton
we have worked on the shanty
most all day, just at sunset there
was an order come for 15 men
to go on pickett I had to go
it a camp pickett.

4
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
we wer releaved about noon I come
in and went to work on the shanty
put the chimney up & got a letter
from Father and one form Orrin
Father wrote to let me know
what there was in my box so if
aney thing is taken out I should
know it.

MONDAY 11
Camp near Warrenton
a puttering round on the shanty.
I am on swich tonight:
(To day is Orrins birth day he is 23,
getting to be quite old)
a slight mistake his birth
day is the thirteenth

TUESDAY 12
Camp near Warrenton
the same old story work on the
shanty. I wrote to mother and to
Orrin: Oh there was three raw
recruts come to our Co. yesterday.


5
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
the same as usual

THURSDAY 14
Camp near Warrenton
[dits?]


FRIDAY 15
Camp near Warrenton
the vetrons wer payed today. got
their $100 bounty for their first
enlistment and $75 of the $400
bounty and two months pay so
they have got quite a lot of spend
ing money.


10
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
it has bin an other warm day
it seames like spring: there is
three or four cases of the small
Pox in the reg brought by the
recruts; I wrote a letter to
Aunt Lib. this evening

FRIDAY 29
Camp near Warrenton
still warm I expect we shall
catch it pretty soon it
looks a little clowdy tonight


SATURDAY 30
Camp near Warrenton
on pickett to day with Co.[??].
and it raind a little tonight.
I hope it wont rain much
untill after we ar releaved




11
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
we wer releaved at [????]
didnot rain much last night
ther was a letter here from
Orrin when I got in

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Camp near Warrenton
it has been a dull day. I sent
some money to [F?]. [Blasons?] for
a [book?] to head and wrote a letter
to Nell and sent a [nice?] in it
made a ring for B. H. Chase
for [Milley?]. and begins a letter
to Orrin

TUESDAY 2
Camp near Warrenton
finished Orrins letter and
thats about all I have done.
[????] went out with a
team to get some [fensing?]
to build a fence behind
the horses


12
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
on pickette with Co. [D?]
it has bin a vary cold
day and the wind has blowed
pretty, hard; had a thunder shower
last night

THURSDAY 4
Camp near Warrenton
we ar releaved at [???] it is
a little warmer today. I
got two letters one from home
and the other from Orrin;
out of the $30 that I sent
home they have got but ten
I’d like to know where the other
twenty went to

FRIDAY 5
Camp near Warrenton
last night at twelve there
was about 150 started of
on a scout up to [Reetortown?]
got back to night about dark
got a fiew prisoners

13
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
I had the sick headach to
day the first time since
I have bin out here. there
has bin some cannon adeing.
down on the Rapidam they say
that Lee crossed the rivver
but I cant hardly believe it

SUNDAY 7
Camp near Warrenton
we went out and go a lode
of wood. I wrote a letter
to mo Mother. got the transcript
and the nov Novolett that I
sent for the Phantom Cruiser

MONDAY 8
Camp near Warrenton
it has bin rather a lazzy day
I havent done aney thing hardly
[???] to read I have red the
transcript and Phantom Crusier
and wrote a letter to Orrin
that has bin the bulk of my
days work


18
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
quite warm today Jim Smith
and Isaac Harris come today
Jim is the same as ever,
part of the Co. has gone on
three days pickett. I didnot
have to go its the first time
this winter: rote wrote a
letter to Orrin

MONDAY 22
Camp near Bealton
it has been quite warm
I washed some cloths this
fornoon. had a monthly
inspection this afternoon.
we have kept pretty buisy
playing ball and swinging and
then we have got up a jimnastic
pole to perform on: Got the
Transcript tonight

TUESDAY 23
Camp near Warrenton
an other warm day: had
a Div. [review?] today
up to Warrenton:
got a letter form Hat Walker
she says that Lew N[??]r and
Frank True talks of enlisting
again


19
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1864.
Camp near Warrenton
it has bin a little clowdy
and windy today;
the three days pickett men
come in today
discharged our pistols this
morning

THURSDAY 25
Camp near Warrenton
had a good time playing
ball this afternoon;
the two Evens’s and Lt. Harris
come today: got two letters
one from Orrin and the
other from Father and Nellie
Aunt Mary Ann Day is died

FRIDAY 26
Camp near Warrenton
the wind has blowed hard all
day. had a mounted Co. drill
this fornoon drilled double
rank. I dont like it. some
more recruts come today four
wanted to come into our Co
but they wouldent let them

Author: 
Alvin Brackett

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