Cyrus remained quiet in his diary during early March 1862, but the newspaper published by the Second Delaware Regiment near Drummondstown, Virginia, continued providing insight into daily life there. Two particular items of note from the March 6 edition of the Regimental Flag have been transcribed below:
For the Soldiers
Capt., J.M. Barr has received for his company from the ladies of the Soldiers Aid Society of Middletown, Del., through the Rev. Thos. W. Simpers Pastor of the M.E. Church of that village, a large box containing articles for the comfort of the soldiers. The box contained 60 pairs of Mittens, 15 shirts, 4 pairs drawers, 2 blankets, 3 comfortables [quilts], 3 pair stockings.
The Rev. gentleman says in a letter accompanying the box: “The ladies here are much interested for the welfare of the soldiers – any thing you may be pleased to communicate respecting them will be thankfully received.
Cost of this Regiment
We learn from official sources, that the Second Delaware Regiment has cost the Government less than any other Regiment in the service, and we consider it quite as efficient. Indeed, an officer present at the grand review by General Lockwood on Sunday of last week, and who was just from the Potomac, said the Regiment presented as fine an appearance and performed its movements as well as any of those in “The Grand Army”.