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Civil War Diary: 'It Began To Snowing Before We Started For Camp'

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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 3, 1862

At noon today the Regt started to Baileys Cross Roads for the purpose of fighting a sham battle.  The Gen. Dismissed us so that he could have our services at night at his Head quarters at six oclock we went and performed the same programme as before except that he Did not invite us in to supper this time.  On our return we serenaded at Gen Kings and were better Intertained the Aides had us go in and took a little Champagne It Began to snowing before we started for Camp on our Return Ben worth lost his mouth peace we made up a nice fire and warmed and then to the land of Nod

Check back for the next entry on January 4. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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