Friday, September 27, 2013

Extra Rations of Whiskey and Strong Coffee

Sunday, September 27, 1863

The Thirteenth New Hampshire spent a quiet week at Camp Gilmore, working hard slashing trees and brush around camp. The Thirteenth spent their Sunday in the usual inspection and drill. The weather had turned sharply colder this week, and the men enjoyed daily rations of whiskey and strong hot coffee to dispel the chill.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), 204-207.

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