A favorite of mine, the diary(s) of G.D. Molineaux located at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.
'We stripped of knapsacks and overcoats all to prepare to storm a battery but colonel countermanded the order - good thing we would been cut to pieces.
'...But no more sleep for me and many others that night we just tracked out walks and round and kept trotting all night to keep from freezing it grew very cold and towards morning all was froz tight as a drum. the hardest night I yet experienced. I was provoked at the secesh provoked to kill.
Feb. 14th 'St. Vals Day' at home. during the day was heard the gunboats for first time and we sent up a shout of joy but they soon ceased firing and we felt bad something had happened. ...'