Sunday, March 15, 1863
On Friday The Thirteenth New Hampshire left camp at Newport News and embarked on the steamer "Croton" bound for Norfolk. A Confederate corps under the command of General James Longstreet threatened the Union lines near Suffolk. General Longstreet's mission was to guard the railway supply lines of the Confederate army. After disembarking the "Croton" the Thirteenth New Hampshire marched to Suffolk and set up a new camp. General Getty's Third Division of the Ninth Corps, of which the Thirteenth New Hampshire was a part, was now known as the "Army of Suffolk."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), 117-18.