4 November 1861: “…had Refreshments provided by Citizens Ladies of Philadelphia at Soldier’s Refreshment saloon…”

Item description: Entry, dated 4 November 1861, from diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers. Wallace was born in Holland, Massachusetts, and was twenty years old at the time of his enlistment. [Editorial Note: Wallace and his regiment ultimately spent several years in North Carolina, so we will include occasional entries from his diary over the next two years.]

Item transcription:

[November] 4th had Refreshments provided by Citizens Ladies of Philadelphia at Soldier’s Refreshment salon. got on Board cars at 3 1/2 AM and started for Baltimore arrived at Perryville & ferried across at 12 1/2 o clocks Got into Baltimore at 5 oclocks got a supper of Bread Cheese & Tea, & started for Annapolis at 8 1/4 oclock Arrived at Annapolis at 11 oclock and were quartered in the Hall’s of the Naval Academy Buildings. & slept soundly the rest of the night.

Item citation: Diary commencing Oct. 14, 1861 – ending Sept. 20th, 1863 / Newton Wallace, VCC970.742 W19d, from the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill.

More about this item: Eighty-nine page quarto diary, with entries for nearly every day from October 1861 to September 1863 and including entries for distances traveled totaling by Wallace’s figuring 2876 miles.

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