Thursday, October 16, 1862
The men of the Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment, accommodating to camp life, end their first week at Camp Chase. A regimen of company and batallion drills, dress parades, and roll calls fills their day from sunrise to sunset. In addition to adjusting to the physical demands of their schedule they need to adjust to meager rations and the changeable Virginia autumn weather, with its warm days and cold evenings.1
1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 11-13.