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

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Diary of an Engineer During the
Rebellion

No. 46

Sept 21st 1864 Between daylight and sunrise this morning I was startled by the distinct sound of the near bursting of a shell. It proved to be at Grants front and was soon followed by others. I could see the shells burst plainly. During the next few minutes the firing commenced along Butlers front which … up in both places for an hour. I cannot yet tell what started the fight, but it was severe while it lasted. 22nd The Matanno arrived to day from Fort Monroe. I received a letter from H together with a lot of crabs (25). H. Said he would send me a lot of fish but was afraid they would not save. It was fortunate he did not send them as I received a fine pair of blue fish from the hospital the same night. The Mattano brought up several men of our detachment on their way to their Cos to be mustered out. Lieut Coe had not arrived from the north yet, but is expected daily. H. has not said to me if he likes it at F. M. or not. Some of the boys do not like it there, they say it is to lonesome and that they are to much cooped up. This would not suit me, I want the whole country to myself, Seceshdom and all. 23rd A damp, overcast and misty day. Reinforcements are arriving in large numbers. The river is full of them night and day. Some of them tell they have enlisted for one year and got as high as 1100 eleven hundred dollars bounty. I cannot reenlist except for 3 years until my present time expires. I think the man will and soon. 27th Nothing has occurred the last few days. This morning with the Lieuts permission I mounted one of the horses and started for Petersburg. I was totally unacquainted with the way but had no difficulty in keeping the most direct route. I can only say of the road that the country on either side is very fine and having a good horse I enjoyed my ride exceedingly. I piloted 6 teams out which makes slow traveling. I reached the engineer camp soon after dinner. I loaded the teams with tools for the depot

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