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Civil War Diary: 'We Passed At Least A Hundred Dead Horses'

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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.

April 5, 1862

Started early this morning but the Rain began to come down we Passed through Fairfax beyond our old camp about one mile were we stopt for Dinner—marched till night Pitched our tents on a high Bluff over looking Buls run went through Centerville a little Bit of a dirty Place Strong fortifications there the winter Quarters is good we Passed at least a hundred Dead horses Our camp was neare where the fight of the 18th July was Rifle Pits were stretched along hills Blackburns ford was but a few steps off were them had a sharp scurmish

Check back for the next entry on April 6. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

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