August 25. —Hot day. Feel a little down-hearted once in a while.
August 26.—Draw raw rations now; do not like it; have not wood enough, and nothing to cook the rations in.
August 27.—Great excitement about exchange.
All to be exchanged in two or three weeks. Wish it were true.
August 28.—Draw beef in the morning, the rest of the rations in the afternoon.
August 29.—A little down-hearted.
The sights seen in this place are enough to sicken any one.
August 30.—Reports in regard to exchange contradictory.
Rations good, but rather slim.
Require some figuring to make three meals a day.
August 31.—Yesterday, one month a prisoner.
Hope I will not have to stay more than another month.
Wish I could eat some home-made bread and butter.
I have bought a small kettle of three pints, in which we make soup.
September 2.—Sherman reported flanking Hood.
In hopes we may be recaptured some time this month.
September 6.—Hot days,
ed for Harrison's Landing.
Here they rejoined the shattered army on the 2d of July.
For a little over a month, in the course of which Lieutenant Russell was promoted one grade, his regiment remained with the main body of the army on the James River, making reconnoissances from time to time, and keeping watch of the enemy.
The scene of active operations was then transferred to the northern part of Virginia, and the regiment shared the experiences of General Pope's campaign.
On the 30th of August the battle was to be fought which would determine whether the Rebel invasion should roll its tide northward into Maryland, and imperil the national capital, or should be effectually stayed on the first battle-ground of the war. It was the first and only general battle in which Lieutenant Russell was engaged, though on many previous occasions his high qualities as a soldier had been fully tested.
During the night of the 29th and the morning of the 30th the troops of Jackson had been so f
ere he remained four years, under the instruction of Mr. William F. Bradbury.
He completed the prescribed course in 1857, and entered Harvard College the same year, then twenty-two years old. Owing to pecuniary embarrassments, he left college at the close of the first term of the Sophomore year, and entered the Dane Law School.
He afterwards studied in the office of J. P. Richardson, Esq., in Cambridge, was admitted to the bar June 21, 1860, and appointed a justice of the peace on the 30th of August in the same year.
He practised law in Charlestown and Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, for two years, with good success,—being associated with Mr. Tweed in the former place, and with Mr. William F. Engley, in the latter.
In the summer of 1862, when government was urgently calling for enlistments, and men were greatly needed for their country's protection, he responded by enrolling his name in the list of the Ninth Massachusetts (De Vecchi's, afterwards Bigelow's) Battery, August 5, 1862