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Civil War Diary: 'Reveille At Day Brake'

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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.

June 10, 1862

Reveille at Day Brake rains we Breakfast at five this morning The road is very Bad mudy and slippery we marched fast too—the 6th Wis was trying to march [illegible] Down they having the lead but in this they failed for they stoped for camp of there own account we made about seventeen miles in a storm as you mite say as it rained all the time the roads was knee Deep in Places where we had to go through we traveled very fast but kept rite up to the 6th all the time til they gave up the 2 Wis is behind a few miles we camped in a Pine woods made a big fire and tried to dry our selfs which we partly done

Check back for the next entry on June 11

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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