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Civil War Diary: 'Bold (Women) Turned Up There Lips And Pretty Noses At The Yankees'

April 23 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.

April 23, 1862

Continued the march this morning a fine Day: Passed through some most beautiful Country and nice woods of Pines as we’d pass many houses we could see many of the Ladies crying the supposed cause having relations in the rebel army some were bold (women) turned up there lips and pretty noses at the yankees and telling us that we will never take Richmond or never can and theyed wade waist deep in blood before they would give it up just before we reached Falmouth we came across several horses that were killed in the scurmish a few days before wen our troops advanced Falmouth is a Picturesque little place on the Rappahannock river opposite Fredericksburg a Beautiful looking place as the Rebels retreated ther burned the bridges three of them we encamped a mile out of town in a Pine woods lately occupied by the rebels close to Augirs Brigade & the harris Cavelry were sent to us we piched our tents and had a good supper playd a few Peaces and then off to Bed having no sleep the night before

Check back for the next entry on April 24. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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