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Civil War Diary: 'Lieut Hinsmen Started For Indiana Today To Recruit For The Regt'

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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 25, 1862

All the Past week it as rained and sleeted every Day and today it still continues pass the time in reading Playing a game of cards for Pass time (I do not gamble that is Play for money) and stayed in Doors most all the time Lieut Hinsmen started for Indiana today to recruit for the Regt Very windy all after noon and still so wen we retired.

Check back for the next entry on January 26. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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