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

Diary of an Engineer During the
Rebellion

No. XLI

June27th 1864

The day is exceedingly hot untill evening when a wind squall with a few drops of rain arose and for a few moments we were in fine hopes of a good shower, but alas it passed over without laying the dust. It had the effect however to cool the air and next morning 28th we were all shivering with the cold. Most of the boys have caught colds in consequence. I got off with a slight cold in the head. In the afternoon several of us went out to see if our blackberrys were ripe. We found plenty but almost worthless. The drought has had the effect to dry them up as fast as they begin to ripen. The high bushes have not turned yet and promise fair but they also want rain there will be millions of baskets. 29th Fishing. 30th In the morning we were mustered in and I went fishing the rest of the day. In the evening and at night verry heavy firing was heard in the direction of Petersburgh.1July 1st Repairing some waggons to day that came in broke. They use them sometimes to transport bales of hay to the front and break them that way. It is hot again as ever and still no rain. We have generally a good breeze but the ground is so dry that it is like a blast from an oven. Could not stand the sun any longer so I borrowed 50 cts and invested it in a straw hat, quite a nice one for the money. Having been put on guard by the Orderly to day for the 5th time since I came back to the Co, I refused duty in consequence of which he threatened to send me to the Provost Guard but finding this did not intimidate me he made a complaint to the capt who ordered him to put another in my place. Of course I give the Capt to understand the case. There are those in the Co who have not been on guard in three months because they give the Orderly their whiskey occasionally

1. Federal forces continued to engage in skirmishing with rebels around Petersburg as June ended and July began.

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