June 1, 1863 – June 31, 1863
From the diary of George Miner
Monday June 1 stit was warm we had Co drill in the forenoon I sent some coffee home and hard tack. Tuesday 2 we went on picket about noon we relieved the 82 till they had orders to march Mr Angell and Almond went to Fredrecksburg. Wednesday 3rd we were on picket all was quiet it was clowdy and looked like rain but did not rain to amount to anything.Thursday 4th were on picket we expected an attack so the officers said our regt had orders to be ready to march in ten minutes notice but the order was countermanded some of strangers division did march we could hear the drums beat and bugals blown at three O clock but all was quiet and still along the lines. Friday 5th we were relieved at six in the morning and came into camp it was cloudy and warm but there was a cool breeze. Our Co did not drill about noon the cooks had to draw and cook three days rations about 5 O clock we heared heavy cannon towards Fredricksburg. We expected every moment to get orders to pack up and march. I received a letter from Phebe also one paper with some ginger some thread in my letter Saturday 6th it was a warm day we had batallion drill in the fore noon and we skirmished some Angell and I bought some candy and sold it out again. It commenced raining about 5 O clock rained just enough to lay the dust. Sunday 7th had Sunday morning inspection we had orders to be ready to march in a moments notice it was cool and comfortable we drew three days rations of meat and hard bread the colonel left. Monday 8th it was a cool day we had batallion drill in the forenoon nothing new about marching. I made a batch of fried cakes was detailed to go on guard at 8 O clock PM came off next morning at 5 O clock. Tuesday 9th we did not drill any did some policing ? Soft bread Angell and I went about well I dont know how far and bought some thing heared nothing more about marching Wednesday 10th had batallion drill in the forenoon in the afternoon we did not do any duty it was devoted to washing and bathing. Thursday 11th all was quiet in camp our Co went on picket I did not go we had skirmish drill in the forenoon. Friday 12th We started from our camp near Brooks started at noon and marched to Heartward Church about 12 miles we then laied down for the night water was very scarce not very good what we did get. Saturday 13th We started about 5 O clock and marched all day I was very tired I though I should have to fall out but I stood it we stopped at a place called Catletts Station got there at 6 O clock marched about 22 miles each day. Sunday 14th We got up at 5 O clock we got our breakfast and I went down to the creek and had a good wash we heared the bugals blow to get ready to march we doubled quicked to our regt when we got there they were all packed up and ready to start we marched to Centerville I was very tired had the side ache most all day received letter from Phebe. Monday 15th we moved about one mile where we stopped and stand all day it was very warm sent a letter home. Tuesday 16th We stayed at Centerville all day I was almost sick it was a very warm day. ?Came down where I was. The place had altered so since I was here last fall I should not hardly known it they had built forts and rifle pits ?Wednesday 17th We were called up at 2 O clock and ordered to have over things all packed and ready to move at 3 O clock I did not get up and answered to my ? Then laid down again and slept till daylight then I got up and I had just enough time to get my things ready to go when the rest did we traveled 12 miles in the forenoon it was very warm and watter was scarce and poor the road was lined with stragglers I did not fall out but though I should have to in the afternoon, we then stayed and ate dinner and staid 3 hours we then started and went to a place called goose creek where we stopped for the night.Thursday 18thWe moved back from the river or creek about one mile and a half where we stopped and staid all day it rained some just at night rained some through the night. It was about 3 miles to LeesBurg to go across the boys killed some hogs here. Friday 19th We laid in the shade all day had dress perade it was not a very warm day it rained most all night Friday night. Saturday 20th we had inspection at 1 O clock it was quite a cool day Sunday 21st it was a cool day we had Sunday morning inspection. We heared heavy firing towards Smickers gap. I went on guard at 12 O clock. Monday 22 We staid here all day and fixed our tents in line. It was not a very warm day I went outside of the pickets and got cherries to eat.Tuesday 23rd nothing new our Co went on picket I did not go it was cloudy Wednesday 24th we were ordered to be ready to march at a moments notice and be packed up and started at 10 O clock. We marched to Edward ferry some 5 or six miles here Goose Creek empty into the Potomac. We pitched tents for the night. Thursday 25th We were called up about 2 O clock and got up and ate our breakfast we crossed the Potomac at 4 O clock and marched to a place called Jefferson it was a nice day to march, marched twenty five miles we passed thousands of acres of wheat it was a beautiful country it commenced raining about 5 O clock and rained all night we got a nice lot of hay to sleep on. I rested very good. Jefferson was quite a pleasant village. Friday 26th we started about ten 10 o clock and marched to a place called Middle Town. This was a considerable large town than Jefferson. I bought a pound of butter, paid 25 cts for it.