Cloudy. Raining nearly all day. Working on Muster Rolls. Men fixing gun Racks covering kitchens &c. Promoted Wonger to Sergt. & Downing & Hubbard to Corpls. In Co. “K”. Genl. Ullmann relieved from command of post & succeeded by Gen. Davis.
Citation: February 27, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]
A personal letter from Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks, a surgeon in the Minnesota Seventh Regiment, to his sister Nellie, written from New Orleans, Louisiana, describing the city – February 25, 1865Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
A partial transcription of the letter:
New Orleans, La
Feb 25 1865
My Dear Sister,
[…] We are now in New Orleans, and on the same ground that General Jackson fought over fifty years ago. On the spot now I write on some poor Englishman died, and if we stay on it much longer I’m afraid some of us will die, as the mud is about a foot deep. We arrived here some four days ago, and I think will soon embark for Mobile, or at least that is the talk at present. Everything is very different here from the north. The city looks like a foreign one. Narrow streets and old fashioned houses. There are some of the old Spanish houses left, that were build man years ago. […] Winter and cold weather are far in the rear. I rather dread the warm weather yet to come. But only six months more! Then my time is up (unless the regiment reinlists), and then I hope to see you all. I anticipate a very pleasant spring campaign if I do not get sick.
Your aff brother
Direct 16th Army Corps New Orleans
See entire letter here: 1865-02-25_Brewer_combined
Citation: February 25, 1865. Mattocks, Ebenezer Brewer, 1841-1934. Ebenezer Brewer Mattocks and Family Papers. Correspondence and related papers , 1830-1911. Minnesota Historical Society, Box 1. [P1452]
Clear, mild, warm. Relieved, & made report Preparing for inspection by Lt. Col. Chadwick, 92nd U.S.C.D., I.G. which took place at 2 p.m. He found the Reg. in good condition, and I think will make a favorable report. He also visited Co. Qrs., Books, &c. &c. 2 Officers & 100 men called for to unload boat at […].
Citation: February 18, 1865. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]