Life at Fortress Monroe.
to dine at restaurant on the wharf. A salute
of cannon being fired excited some expectation of the
arrival of Gen. Mc Clellan, but it proved to be in honor of Vice-
President Hamlin, who had already entered the fort.
A squally, dank day. Back to the Fort. Sup-
per at the Hygeia. Evening at casemate. Talk-
ing and smoking, while some of the young fellows,
officers were singing hymns in the next casemate.
Hall with me all day. Winchester has a bed
made up on the floor for him. Received a
letter from Hannah this morning, expedited
from New York via Washington.
31. Monday. Breakfasted at restaurant.
On the wharf joined Aiken, Steiner and Walling-
ton, of the Philadelphia Enquirer. They were all con-
demning Hamlin, the Vice President of the U. S. who
had just arrived here on a junketting party, with
a number of ladies, from Washington. Their steamer
occupied the end of the wharf, thereby preventing
the debarkation of the troops. A dull morning,
gradually clearing up. At the Quartermaster�s,
found Brigham and Hall. Anon to Casmate
7 and scribbling. Shoulder-straps and whiskey
prevalent; talk of female correspondence. Win-
chester and his boy dined with me at restaurant
near wharf. Met Hendricks � he on horseback,
from the camp. In the evening, on my sug-
gesting oysters, it is proposed to obtain them from