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. 58

Feb.1865

13th Last night was probably the coldest of the season. The day also was bitter cold. Lieut J. S. Baldwin took his leave to day, having been mustered out of the service. 14th Lieut Wm Baldwin1 takes charge of the Bermuda Depot to day. He relieves Talcott who returns from the north in a day or two when he will return to the Dept of the South to act on the staff of Gen Gilmore who has received an appointment to some post on command there. Our new Lieut is well liked by all who know him, and his appointment to the Depot will give general satisfaction. Talcott is to aristocratic to be much thought of by the men. Although poor himself, it is said his connections are wealthy, upon which he puts on the aristocrat. The Lieut Baldwin just left was from Co H. The present one is from Co A. 15th This day by way of change it rains. From some cause our fresh meat has been stopped. We miss it very much. It is some two weeks since we had it last and I feel the want of it already. All salt sets the skin itching and should we be compelled to go without much longer I would fear the scurvy among the soldiers. I suppose the supply has run short from the difficulty of transportation at this time of the year, but I hope that difficulty will be got over in a few days. 16th The sun struggled through the clouds about 9 O’Clock and it is as warm as spring. On Sunday our drivers catched a large gray squirrel, To day I gave him 25 cts for him and I have him alive. I have made a cage for him and he is getting quite tame. I will sell him if I can if not I will try and bring him home when I come. Rabbits are quite plenty every time it rains it drives them out of their low ground and ra-

1. William Baldwin, 21, enrolled September 12, 1861 at New York City, mustered in as Second Lieutenant, mustered out February 13, 1865 at Varina, Virginia. Phisterer, New York in the War of the Rebellion, p. 1640.

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