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. 64

Sunday Apr 23, Another sudden change took place in the weather last night. From uncomfortably warm to quite cold with strong west wind. The consequence is that I am laid up with rheumatism. An hour after I got up this morning I was obliged to go to bed again where I remained all day. I suffered severely. I had thought I was well of it till the last two or three days and I cannot imagine what has sent it back again as it has been quite dry since we have been in Richmond. 24th Guns are fired every half hour all day for the funeral of President Lincoln. I am obliged to keep to my bed most part of the day again though I feel perfectly well at heart. The tediousness of laying in bed and the extreme pain of my leg makes me not quite as good natured as I might be otherwise. 25th I am a little better to day so as to be up about half the time I have found considerable amusement in the books and other reading matter found here which has helped to while away the time and divert my thoughts from my pains.—

I had believed and I think wrote you that Manchester was a very fine and large place. I was quite disappointed when I came to see it. It has but one main street mostly filled with very large factorys (cotton & flour mills). The rest of the village (called city) is made up of the dwellings of the factory hands. It has the appearance of the outskirts of our northern citys and is not over clean. Most of the inhabitants keep pigs, fowls, dogs and sometimes a cow, which animals for an Irishman would furnish an elegant perfume the year round.—Quite warm again. 26th I feel much better to day. My rheumatism troubles me but very little. I received a very singular message to day which shows how innocently a person may get into trouble sometimes. While I was home a valise belonging to Capt King who I have mentioned before, was left at Bermuda Depot to be forwarded to our barge at Varina. It was put in a

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