Very busy since the last date. Preparing to keep comfortable for the coming cold weather. A steam sawmill near town, where we can buy lumber to make our shacks. The government only furnishes tents, so we have to chip in and buy the boards. Our quarters are six feet wide, nine feet long. The roof made of tents drawn over rafters. Bunks made for four, filled with straw. Some of the shacks were made larger. Ours was occupied by Sergeant Fred Spencer, Corporals Restcome, Peckham, Charles H. Lynch, and Private Edwin Washburn.
SOURCE: Charles H. Lynch, The Civil War Diary, 1862-1865, of Charles H. Lynch 18th Conn. Vol's, p. 136