Again another Fourth of July has come and, not as usual for the past three years, all is quiet. Who could have anticipated it with such conditions? It's very warm and dusty. Lieutenant Hill and I have been down to the Division hospital to see Lieutenant H. W. Kingsley. It has been the quietest time in camp to-day we have had in two months; have enjoyed it greatly. Colonel Henry Powell — a good soldier — formerly First Sergeant of Company F, Tenth Vermont, but promoted Colonel of U. S. C. T.* called to-day. I don't think he has a very exalted opinion of colored troops and he may be right; he's a man of good sense and judgment.
* United States Colored Troops.
SOURCE: Lemuel Abijah Abbott, Personal Recollections and Civil War Diary, 1864, p. 93-4