Sunday, October 9, 1864
During this week the Thirteenth New Hampshire Regiment worked day and night to strengthen the entrenchments at Fort Harrison. The Thirteenth toiled under extreme conditions of exposure and deprivation under Confederate artillery fire. Rumors circulated around the camp that General Robert E. Lee and Confederate President Jefferson Davis were in the vicinity to examine the strength of the defenses around Fort Harrison.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), 490-493.