Friday, February 8, 2013

Farewell to Falmouth

Sunday, February 8, 1863

A severe snow and rain storm struck Falmouth on Thursday, collapsing many of the shelter tent huts in camp. The Thirteenth New Hampshire received orders late Thursday to prepare to march on Friday to Fortress Monroe at Newport News with three days rations. The deep mud stalled their departure on Friday. The Thirteenth New Hampshire departed from Falmouth at 4:30 P.M. on Saturday and boarded railroad cars for Acquia Landing. They bivouacked at Acquia on Saturday evening to await steamboats for Newport News. This morning the Thirteenth boarded the steamer "George Washington" and at 2:00 P.M. the steamer began the voyage to Newport News.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), 106-110.

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