March 20th - April 2, 1858 Ma woke R.(his brother, Risque, VMI Class of 1860) & myself early this morning, so after getting up, dressing & bidding all good bye we got into the carriage, & were soon out of sight of Sandusky. I felt badly all day & have a very bad cold. We got to the boat landing in good time & at half past six the bell tolled for us to push off, our hilly city gradually disappeared behind the hills which encompass it. We had a tolerably pleasant ride up & got in sight of Barracks just about sundown. R & I walked down to Barracks immediately & took all in No. 50 (Barracks room number 50) completely by surprise. I have seen nearly all the fellows & feeling rather badly will go to bed early.
Here I am again at this miserable place. I find myself this morning beautifully spotted with the measles & have been in bed all day eating nothing and thinking of nothing but home. I really think I am the most unfortunate fellow in existence, just the idea of being laid up again the first day of my visit to this place. I would give oceans to be at home. There is a great deal of sickness in the corps. The Hospital is crowded. I never felt as badly in my life.
For the first time in some time, I visited the Mess Hall this morning at Breakfast The fare looked no more inviting than it did of old, consisting of plain corn bread, Goshen butter, & coffee.
Did not go to delightful reveille this morning, but laid in bed & listened to the charming strains of martial music. The soul stirring drum in the hands of Dick Staples & the ear piercing fife tooled by Pete Banker.
I attended recitation today without reciting although I feel very badly I become more & more disgusted every day & want to get home.... Went in to Major Jackson & was not remarkably well entertained the hour & half that he kept us in....Gil (Professor of Chemistry William Gilham) and Chenoweth and I made a galvanic battery. All the section took shocks & I never laughed as much in my life.