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. 62

Apr 14th Very beautiful and clear to day. I feel very much better to day, but my cough is very annoying and makes my rheumatism quite painful, which came on again with the rainy weather. I saw a doctor to day for the first. He gave me some medicine similar to that doctor Corsfleld gave me. I think it is good but I cannot tell. The regt is expected here daily. As soon as they arrive I shall apply to Dr McGarry. We are still upside down on the barges but I believe a building has been fixed upon and we will probably get in tomorrow. Lieut (Capt) Coe was here to day and the whole Rgmt will be here in a few days. I took quite a walk to day up the canal, which is a very extensive and costly work. We have but one lock to get to the Depot but there are quite a number above here and the canal at the upper part of the city very many feet above the level of the river. On either side of the canal were a large number of very extensive buildings, such as flour mills, tobacco and other warehouses, rail road Depots &c. These were all burned by the rebels on leaving. Many of them fell into the canal completely blocking it up. As I mentioned before the canal runs between the river and the city. The river is not navigable above the mouth of the canal. It is filled with rocks and willow trees and as there is considerable descent here it keeps up a continual roar. 15th Another rainy day, but I keep myself housed up and do not feel any worse, with care I think I shall be all right again pretty soon. The boys are very busy to day putting up their bunks, but it seems the building selected is only for temporary use. I never heard of so much humbug as Lieut B makes of the matter. We might as well have a mule in charge. Here have we been three nights in a large city with no place for the men to sleep but the decks of the barges or some old stables or sheds overrun with thousands of rats, and half the city belonging to Uncle Sam. It is a burning shame.

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