Friday, November 7, 1862
The beautiful summerlike weather ended abruptly with the arrival of a blinding northeast snowstorm that dropped several inches of snow on Rectortown. In addition to the weather a storm of a different kind reached the camp. General George McClellan received orders from President Abraham Lincoln that relieved him of command of the Army of the Potomac and replaced him with General Ambrose Burnside.1
1George A. Bruce, The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861 - 1865 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Riverside Press, 1906), 181.