We got permission from the Port Quartermaster to leave this morning. hoisted anchor, and [were] halted again by sauerkraut and remained here until half past ten o’clock.
The weather is very mild with a nice breeze this morning which got full sail hoisted and are moving along finely. We paused Charleston [South Carolina] harbor last evening.
Posted Cape Hatteras [North Carolina]. The wind began to blow about 8 o’clock this morn when the engine gave out and detained us 4 hours. 5 P.M. the sea is rough and ship a bouncing.
The sea calmed down at midnight. But the wind raised again at sunrise and blew a gale all day. The weather is very cold.
I was detailed to get coal out the hole at 2 o’clock this morn. At 4 the engine broke down again and we drifted 2 hours in a storm and got her repaired and run in Luiston harbor and anchored.
We started out from Luiston Harbor at 6 o’clock this morning and anchored at Sandy Hook [New Jersey] at eleven o’clock tonight.
We hoisted anchor at daybreak this morning and run in and lay at the wharf in NY City until noon. And then went across to the N.Y. & E. R. R. and started for Elmira (New York) at 5pm.
[The New York and Erie Railroad originally connected New York City with Lake Erie; its mainline route proved influential in the development and economic growth of many cities including Elmira, NY.
We arrived in Elmira at o’clock this morning and marched up to Barracks No. 3 and went in quarters to wait our final discharge.
This morning Peter [Wilkes] & me took the seven o’clock train & came to Watkins to breakfast at John Wilkes and dinner too and tea at James'.
Peter & me stayed to James & took breakfast with him & took dinner to Oskers and spent the day with him.
We took the 9 o’clock train this and came to Elmira and went up to the Barracks.
Our Regiment formed line at 9 this morning. Marched downtown & back again & then took a dinner prepared for us by the ladies of Elmira.
Peter & me have been downtown all day at the Hotel. Newell & several of the boys went to Watkins tonight.
This is a very ? at Clarics yet expecting to get paid up to ?
Charlie Newell & [Bartlett] Beals went home last night & Parks & Bauter & me remained in Elmira.
[Marcus Bauter, age 26, enlisted August 1862, to serve three years, mustered out with company, September 186,, at Ft. Jefferson, FL.
Joseph G. Parks, age 21, enlisted September 1864, to serve one year, mustered out with company, September 20, 1865, at Fort Jefferson, FL.
At 3 o’clock today received my final discharge then settled up my accounts in the company. I went downtown & purchased a suit of clothes.
I took the cars at 7pm for Canandaigua. Left Peter at the depot in Elmira. Arrived in town about noon & from there went to Chapinville and from there to Uncle Gates where I found Harriet.
This morning finds me with my wife enjoying myself as I never have before. I have become acquainted with Uncle Gates family and find them very pleasant people.
Hattie is busy quilting and getting along finely with my assistance.
This is a rainy day but we are hard at work on the quilt. We finish it up at 8pm.
After taking a hearty breakfast I took a pleasant walk in the woods accompanied by myself & towards night Hattie & me went to Mother Wadsworth’s [Harriet’s mother].
After breakfast was over Hattie & me spent the forenoon in looking over some of my old letters together with some others.
This morning James Wadsworth [one of Harriet’s brothers] & me went gunning & while gone Uncle and Aunt Depue came to see us.
This morning we went to Uncle William Depue’s, took dinner & tea with them. Had Chaplain for tea. We called on Billie this evening.
Uncle William, Hattie & myself went to town today. I purchased an overcoat & Hattie purchased some goods for housekeeping [and] also a new dress.
This forenoon Uncle & me husked 24 bushels of corn. After dinner Hattie & me went to town and did not return until after dark.
Harriet has Sarah Bayerly [?] helping her sew. It is a rainy day and a very lonesome one for me.
This morning I went to Chapinville & got letter from father. Returned to Uncle William and then Hattie & me spent the eve (with) Billie.
Hattie & me went to the M. E. [Methodist Episcopal] church this a.m. & then went & spent the afternoon and evening with Billie Wood and ?.
Today I hauled wood for Furman.
Today Hattie & Uncle went to town and came back by Mother Wadsworth’s and I went to Chapinville and dickered with Mr. Martin.
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