Sunday, May 17, 1863
After the usual Sunday regimental inspection the Thirteenth New Hampshire is ordered to move four miles into a pine grove, forming a new camp nicknamed Camp Bowers. Camp Bowers was strategically located at a position where the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad met three roadways. Upon forming camp the Thirteenth immediately began work on a new fort named Fort Rodman.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), 161.