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Civil War Diary: 'Seven Of Our Boys Dropped Out Behind The Regt Towards Evening And Stayed Out All Night'

June 2 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 2, 1862

Went to the creek and washed my leggens and socks and reached camp in time to put my knapsack in order for to march no rideing in cars for us—we Band carryed our knapsacks to day my one was a very heavy one carrying to Blankets Pair Pants Pair Draws shirt coat and lots of other little [illegible] I did not like to part with I had 3 Days rations & canteen filled with water I made out to keep up but it Put me to all I could do the day was very hot and they would not let us rest but little the Privates very nigh all throughed there Clothes away the road was strewed with knapsacks Seven of our boys Dropped out behind the Regt towards evening and stayed out all night Just as we were goin to camp there come up a heavy rain give us a weting Put in the night well at sleeping the name of the Place was Haymarket were we stayed we Passed through a English nobleman Property by the name of greenwhich harbor very nice little church the Place was [illegible] safe ground

Check back for the next entry on June 3

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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