Diary of a Yankee Engineer: The Civil War Story of John H. Westervelt, Engineer, 1st New York Volunteer Engineer Corps

By John H. Westervelt; Anita Palladino | Go to book overview

Journal of an expedition against
Charleston

No. 23.

Dec. 8th continued. My cupboard is a large sized cracker or hard tack box with shelves for eating utensils and nailed up in the back of the tent together with shelves for my knapsack and box. Here they are [sketch]. My crockery consists of tin pails made of preserve cans. One 2 qt tin basin, one tin plate, one tin cup, a tin mustard box with small holes punched in the lid for pepper, another for salt, a knife, fork & spoon. Several bottles for molasses, vinegar & and a pickle jar. In the top of the tent a line is stretched from front to rear above my head for clothes, towels and such like. My box is locked and is finished inside for writing materials, thread, needles, tobacco and other valuables. And now you have the whole. How do you like it. Although I only mention myself generally on account of having fitted it up alone, I should say that my little corporal has nearly as many things as myself. The cupboard and such things are used by us both. Knowing my strict regard for cleanliness and order, he is as careful not to offend me as if I was his capt instead of a private only. He is clean but careless. For instance, I was obliged to scold him first off for not hanging his bed clothes out during the day to let the fleas off. He could not be induced to change his qts for anything and seems highly pleased to think we are not going to Folly which will keep Patterson and me apart. 9th This morning was a little more moderate, and after dinner the sun was uncomfortably hot. Reports reached us today from an expedition that left here quietly a few days ago, to the effect that they had reached Pocotaligo and burned the rail road bridge. This is all I could learn. You may recollect the unfortunate expedition that started from Hilton Head shortly after I came out under Genl Mitchell to the same place. I hope they may meet with better success. 10th Commenced new depot today, it will be done in a day or two. In the afternoon it began to get colder and at night it is as cold as ever and the wind blowing a gale.

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