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Civil War Diary: 'Earl Not Returned Yet'

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(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.

January 15, 1862

Slept till 8 AM this morning considerable rain fell wich frose as fast as it fell we did not get up to roll call as Earl was not here Spent the forenoon sewing and the after noon writing & etc Earl not returned yet—

Check back for the next entry on January 16.

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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