Diary of Alfred Burton Welch

Thursday 2-2-99

“To Arms” at 11 p.m. last night and went to Calle Real y Pena Francisco [Peñafrancia] where the regiment was formed. Gen. Chas. King with re. We had order to take Ponto de Santa Anna [Puente Santa Ana] and then push on to Santa Anna. We were all ready to make the rush when countermanding orders came. Guess the whole 8th Corps was in arms. Oh! how disappointed we were. We camped on north of road and it was bright moonlight and the rows of sleeping soldiers and stacked arms made a splendid picture. The southern cross, the night perfume of the Passion flower –strange noises across the line, &c &c. Withdrew at 6 a.m.