We are glad to be at home again in camp after eleven days' absence. Most of that time we were in bivouac without any protection — two nights in soaking rainstorms. Our heavy duties begin again — fatigue duty and camp guard, fourteen of our number being on guard today. Our regimental payrolls for two months' pay were made out and we signed them today. There is no news from the army in the East, and all is quiet here in the West.
Source: Alexander G. Downing, Edited by Olynthus B., Clark, Downing’s Civil War Diary, p. 148-9