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Civil War Diary: 'The First Hoosiers We Have Seen'

April 12 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.

April 12,1862

Broke up camp about 11 oclock and marched till about 3 P.M. we passed through Catelets in fauquier County on the Alex R.R. our camp is on hill at Ceader Run we are above the Rail Road Bridge which was burnt brick tore up and the rails Bent the ties Burnt up the Gen is building up the road very fast for transporting provisions the 12th & 11th Ind Regts are camped a mile father out from us many of there boys come over right away they are the first Hoosiers we have seen

Check back for the next entry on April 13. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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