The day after Newt wrote his New Year’s 1862 letter to Mollie was a memorable one for the regiment.
The men received their monthly pay and $40 clothing allowance from Major Watts, the brigade quartermaster, according to the regiment’s quartermaster clerk William H. Hill. For privates, pay was $11 a month.
This Jan. 2 pay day was memorable because it was four months late. The money was for September/October, 1861. Late pay would become the norm for the regiment.