Voice from the Past: "St. Valentine's Day, I believe"
An early Valentine's greeting from all of us at The Civil War Monitor. To celebrate, all this week, "The Front Line" blog will be publishing a "Voices from the Past" series from 1862 and 1863 Valentine's Day-themed letters and diary entries. We hope you enjoy!
-- St. Valentine's Day, I believe. Nary val. for the "poor soldier." Such is life. The day was a beautiful one, and reminded one of spring. Towards evening, however, it began to grow cold and chilly. A large force under General [George W.] Morell made a reconnoissance beyond Vienna, and as far as Hunter's Mill. No enemy was seen except a few pickets. It was made because intelligence was brought that a regiment of cavalry had been seen around there for a day or two.
- Diary of Stephen Minot, Friday, February 14, 1862 -