Re: Washington's Birthday
From: One Battle Too Many: The Writings of Simon Bolivar Hulbert Private, Co. E 100th Regiment, New York State Volunteers, 1861-1864 - Richard P. Galloway.
Pg. 47 - From Diary while at Camp Morgan, Buffalo, NY
Sat, Feb 22, 1862: This morning aroused at half past 5 o,Clock to go to the city at 8 O,Clock to celebrate the birthday of the father of this country, Washington. After marching through the principal streets of the city, amid the booming of cannon & the crowded assemblage of people, we returned to camp weary.
pg. 286 - From a letter
Morris Island, S.C.
February 23d, 1864
Dear Mother & Sister, Yeserday was Washington's Birth day. Our Navy was all Decorated, more gay than any Bride you ever saw, with all the colours of the different Nations which our Government has intercourse...
The diary entry for the previous day simply says: Mon, Feb 22, 1864: On picket in the boats out near James Island. Shell Charleston all night.
"How terribly the inhabitants of the revolted states must suffer and yet we cannot have peace honorably until many more young men are slain or mangled to maintain the honor and dignity of the nation. Oh, what a deluded race of people we are and yet think ourselves enlightened and civilized. Shame on us."
Capt. George K. Pardee, 42nd Ohio Infantry.