December 14-18, 1862

Henry S. Robinson Diary, December 14th - 18th 1862
Henry S. Robinson Diary, December 14th – 18th 1862

14th Dec. Fredericksburg
just before sunset we march
ed back to our place in the valley.
But very little firing today.
Sent letter to Josie written 11th(?)+
#17 to Mary, written on the wharf-
We stacked arms, made coffee +
spread our blankets on the ground.

15th Remained all day in same spot-
Heard no musketing(?)  but consid
erable cannoning about 9A.M. + 3P.M.
Our folks said to be planting(?) heavy
seige guns on the other bank of the river
Reed letters #19 + 20 (11th Dec) from Mary + one
from Cap.(?) Bailey at Balt.
Formed line at 9P.M. just after having
orders to makes ourselves comfortable(?)
for the night.- Marched to Firedly(?)
halted at the Andersons house –then mar
ched back to gas works + after 12 min.(?)
after various counter marching
Croped the bridge (covered in dirt)

16th Camp Opp. Fredbg.
+ back to camp –turned in with
out making any fires. I was
waked about 5 ½  A.M. by the rain.
Got over fly + pitched in
About 9 took down the fly + put up
our A tent. Drew + served out 2 days rations
not much cannoning(?)- All the
bridges up- our troops said to
be all acrop again.
Haven Surgeon of 15th + Fuller Chapl.(?) of
16th killed in Fredbg. Some frost
Sipels(?) Corps is said to have all come up.
Sent #18 to Mary – by Mr. Parker

17th Pleasant day- The 12th the
ground froze at night, but there
was no frost the 13th, 14th, or 15th.
Drew one days [] Fresh beef
¾ ration potatoes 4ds ration rice
2ds beans 1 square of des. vegetables.

18th– Reg. Inspection at 2PM
Drew 2 days ration HB.S+C.+ 1 of Fresh beef
Sarg(?) King +15 men went to [] for
clothing- returned about 10 PM- Cooked the
beef to serve out tomorrow morning.

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