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Civil War Diary: 'At Sun Down We Started For The Theatre'

June 25 quote from civil war diary

(Becca Costello, WFIU/WTIU News)

157 years ago, a Hoosier from Monroe County wrote about fighting for the Union in the Civil War in a diary he kept almost daily. Peter Thomas Matthews was 20 years old when he enlisted in the army and served as a drummer in the 19th Indiana Regimental Band. 

Follow along as we publish his diary entries in real-time on the day they were written. 

Read the first entry here. Learn more about Matthews and read all former and future entries here

Editor's note: We have left Matthews' words as he recorded them, which means spelling and punctuation may not conform to modern standards.

June 25, 1862

Had a rehearsal in afternoon was Dress parade Earl was about getting a Pass for the Band to go to Fredericksburg—so the [three words illegible] had to officiate: at Sun Down we started for the Theatre We played all the way up town and before the Door a while and then Played between scenes The company is a bunch from the washington canterbury they performed Peter Spuzck and several other [two words illegible] things such as Durkey speeches & Delinations Dances & Singing Goin home we had to hire a boat to take us across as the Government transport stopt at taps

Check back for the next entry on June 26

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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