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Civil War Diary: 'It Was An Act Of Cold Blood Murder'

April 21 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 21, 1862

At 8 oclock struck tents and commenst the march to Fredericksburg as usual for our marches rain & sleet began to fall during the entire Day Crossing high creeks and building Bridges we did not go more than about 5 miles on the way passing through a little Place warrensville (Pier point) a young man of Co E our Regt a nephew of Gov. Pierpoint of West Virginia was shot by gard of the 16th(Ind) killing him he was immediately arrested by our Provost Gard and has been Brought along he will be tried by Cort martial and will no doubt be shot—It was an act of cold blood murder if I heare the curcumstances correctly—We traveld a southesterly direction and incamped on the Banks of a swollen streem that we could not cross that night Our Clothes were all wet and the night very cold so we did not Pass the night as comfortable as we wished to

Check back for the next entry on April 22. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

 

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