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Civil War Diary: 'Marching Orders Came The Companies Were Dismissed'

June 8 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.

June 8, 1862

Reg”mtal Inspection this morning in an adjacent field but before they got through marching orders came the companies were dismissed to Before and to get there dinners we began moveing at half past twelve goin through Warrinton: we Played Several Peaces which seemed to attract and please them very much saw lots of Prety girls there Continuing the march traveled all after noon over very Bad roads and encamped for the night in the old camp ground of the 12th Ind near warrenton Junction feel very tired

Check back for the next entry on June 9

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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