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Civil War Diary: 'The Commissioned Officers Of The Rgt Paid The Col. A Tribute Of Respect'

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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 17, 1862

And Still another! At one oclock P.M. The Commissioned officers of the Rgt paid the Col. a tribute of respect through Mr Orr a Hoosier—in the Shape of an elegant blade & trappings The Regt formed in hollow Squar the colors & Band in the centre all things ready the Band struck up Hail to the Chief when Col Meredith accompanied by Genl King & Staff come in the men at Present Arms. Mr. Orr made the presentation speech: the Col replied briefly & neatly. After wich Genl King was called on to make a Speech which he Did too.  The companies then dispersed the Col had the Gen & staff and officers of the Regt to partake of a fine Dinner O yes and the Band too—It all passed of quite smoothly the Lieut Col started for Ind. soon after receiving his Presents yesterday—Some rain this morning

Check back for the next entry on January 18. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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