Samuel P. Bates, The History of Pennsyvlania Volunteers, 1861-65 (Harrisburg, PA: B. Singerly, 1869), 1: 733.
Transcription adapted from The History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65 (1869), by Samuel P. Bates
Adapted by Brenna McKelvey, Dickinson College
The following transcript has been adapted from The History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65 (1869).
Sunday 11.- Rained nearly all night; could not sleep on account of the cold and lice. It seems as if for every one we burned two came in its place Still raining this morning. Fell into line at one o’clock and were again marched to the rebel truce boat and steamed into the harbor. Passed Fort Sumter (now nothing but a mass of ruins) and Moultrie, when we met our boats. It would be impossible to describe the feelings of the men when our dear old flag came into view; tears of joy filled many eyes, and cheer after cheer rent the air. After we were marched on our boats we each had a pound of boiled pork, nine hard tack and a quart of coffee issued to us. It was an amusing sight to see us devour these rations- any person would have thought we had not had a bite of anything to eat for a week