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Civil War Diary: 'Went In Sight Of Were The Hardest Fight Was Of The Battle Of Buls Run'

April 6 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 6, 1862

Began marching at 9 A.M. went in sight of were the hardest fight was of the Battle of Buls Run crossed the Rail Road that brought in Johnstons reinforcements which turned the Day against us past by Beauregards Hed Quarters a large too story Brick House with Portico on the front each way north & south  Beautiful plantation we Played Diseey & Yankee Doodle with a will as we Passed the Ground around were Splendid  for Reviews [illegible] Passed through manassas Junction Fort after Fort comanding each other presented it self Distruction & Ruin seemed to have been the order of the Day The rail Road was in use cars moveing Centervill was a stronger Place in my eye than this.  We marched very slow today on account of the Artilery being a head—went only about 6 miles had our knapsacks hauled we Camped in the evening on the Banks of a nice little stream we use the water for washing and cooking

Check back for the next entry on April 7. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center.

 

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