Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Rain fell through out the day and continued on through the evening. After dark campfires from all the assembled regiments lit up the sky for miles around. Captain Joseph Collingwood took care to burn his wife's letters after reading them. The day before, after returning to Camp California, he, along with others, found their belongings had been ransacked by members of the 19th New York Infantry, who were supposed to be protecting the 18th's camp while they were absent. Sitting beside the fire Collingwood felt violated. His wife's mud splattered letters, which had been scattered on the ground, were "sacred" to him and he vowed that no "damd scoundrel," "pirate," or "robber" would ever again contaminate his Rebecca. "I have had better usage than that among the secesh."
Note: to find out what David C. Meechan of Co. E was up to on this date visit his Facebook page.