A cold but far pleasanter day than yesterday. War news very good and exciting. Forts Caswell and Campbell surrendered with
162 guns, also good from all other quarters. Paymaster [appeared] today received $36 two months pay, and $20 clothing account.
No letters received today. Have to record the [burning] of the famous Smithsonian Institute with all its contents. I am feeling
very well today, invited my Mr. Moon. also went to the [Express] office and Expressed $18,551 to [Ezra] R Andrews, Rochester