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157 years ago, a Hoosier from Monroe County began a diary that he would keep almost daily as he fought for the Union in the Civil War.

Follow along as we publish entries in real-time on the day they were written.

Meet Peter Thomas Matthews

Peter Thomas Matthews was the oldest of 12 children. He was born in Surrey, England and moved with his parents and siblings to the United States in 1849, when he was 8 years old. 

His father, John Matthews, founded a successful quarry business in Ellettsville with his sons. Peter worked in the quarries both before and after the Civil War. 

Peter was 20 years old when he enlisted in the army and served as a drummer in the 19th Indiana Regimental Band. 

The Diary

Matthews' diary was donated to the Monroe County History Center in early 2018. 

Diary entries provided by the Monroe County History Center. Special thanks to Clay Stuckey for his extensive research on the Matthews family. 

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February 16, 2019

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A page from a diary with the text The Diary of Peter Thomas Matthews

Civil War Diary: 'Regl Inspection In Afternoon Wrote Home'

On this day in 1862, a Hoosier soldier wrote in his diary while serving in the Union Army: "A Bright sunny Day Regl Inspection in afternoon wrote home"

February 15, 2019

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A graphic reads from the diary of peter thomas matthews hoosier and union solder feb. 15 1862 the Adjt. proceeded to read telegraphic dispatches laden with good news! the Hoosiers greeted it with cheer after cheer'

Civil War Diary: 'Gun Boats Have Proved Of So Much Service In The Storming Of Fort McHenry'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary: "It snowed all the time we were out covering the ground deep enough for a good sleighing."

February 13, 2019

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A page from a diary

Civil War Diary: 'Band Played At Col Quarters At Night'

On this day in 1862, a Hoosier from Monroe County wrote in his diary while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.

February 12, 2019

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A photo of peter matthews and the text read the diary of Hoosier civil War soldier peter thomas matthews

Civil War Diary: 'Them Had No Fighting To Do'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary: The Regt returns this evening we Played for them Them had no fighting to do.

February 10, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Our Regt Expected An Attack At Night'

On this day in 1862, Hoosier Peter T. Matthews wrote in his diary about a rumored attack on his Union Army regiment during the Civil War.

February 9, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'The Regt Went On Picket Nine Miles From Here'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.

February 3, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'It Began To Snow This Morning...Four Inches Deep'

Peter Matthews wrote in his diary on this day in 1862 about more bad weather.

February 2, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Played For Some Indianians After Dinner'

On this day in 1862, a Hoosier (Indianian?) Civil War soldier wrote in his diary about playing with his regimental band.

February 1, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Another Month Gone To Eternity'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary to reflect on another month spent far from home while serving in the Union Army.

January 31, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Wet Snow Wich Doesent Help The Mud'

On January 31, 1862, a Civil War soldier serving in the Union Army wrote in his diary about the inconvenience of the mud (again).

January 27, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Mud And Rain Out Doors'

On January 27, 1862, a Hoosier serving in the Civil War wrote in his diary about the miserable weather.

January 26, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Inspection This Afternoon'

On this day 157 years ago, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about writing home while serving in the Union Army.

January 25, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Lieut Hinsmen Started For Indiana Today To Recruit For The Regt'

On this day in 1862, Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about passing his time indoors because of constant rain and sleet.

January 18, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Boys Practicing Some New Peaces Of Music'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary on a rainy day while serving in the 19th Indiana Regimental Band for the Union Army.

January 17, 2019

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

On this day 157 years ago, a Hoosier serving in the Union Army during the Civil War wrote in his diary about his experiences.

January 16, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'A Sword Presentation This Fore Noon'

On January 15, 1862, Peter T. Matthews wrote in his diary about participating in a sword ceremony for a Lieut. Col. Cameron.

January 15, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Earl Not Returned Yet'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about freezing rain and waiting for a fellow regiment member to come back.

January 14, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Some Thing Is Rong Or [Earl] Would Not Stay Away'

On this day in 1862, a Hoosier wrote in his diary about a fellow soldier in the 19th Indiana Regiment going into town for an instrument and not returning.

January 13, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Cannonading We Heard...Running The Rebel Blockade Of The Potomac'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about hearing of battle reports and playing cards with fellow soldiers to pass the times.

January 12, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Played For Visitors After Dinner Dress Parade In The Evening'

On this day 157 years ago, Peter Matthews wrote in his Civil War diary.

January 11, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Cook Returned This Morning!'

On January 11, 1862, Peter Matthews celebrated the return of the cook for his Union Army regiment.

January 10, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'No Signs Of Our Cook Yet! He Was To Be Gone Only One Day!'

On this day in 1862, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about a muddy day spent reading, smoking and talk with other members of his Union Army regiment.

January 8, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Our Cook Went To The City Today'

On January 8, 1862, a Hoosier serving in the Union Army wrote in his diary about playing with his regimental band for a drill.

January 7, 2019

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Civil War Diary: '2nd Wis Band Copied Music Here Today'

On this day 157 years ago, Peter T. Matthews of Indiana wrote in his diary while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.

January 6, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Pay Master Gould Began Paying Off The Regt Today'

On January 6, 1862, a Hoosier serving in the Union Army during the Civil War wrote this entry in his diary.

January 4, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Earl And Willis Very Sad Today'

On this day in 1862, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about two friends from his Union Army regiment getting news of the death of a relation.

January 3, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'It Began To Snowing Before We Started For Camp'

On this day 157 years ago, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary as he served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

January 2, 2019

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Civil War Diary: 'Rehearsing And Cracking Nuts The Order Of The Day'

On January 2, 1862 a Hoosier Civil War soldier wrote in his diary about a "very dull" day as he served in the Union Army far from home.

January 1, 2019

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Hoosier Civil War Soldier Witnesses Solar Eclipse On New Years Day

On the first day of 1862, a Hoosier Civil War soldier witnessed a partial solar eclipse and wrote about it in his diary.

December 31, 2018

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New Year's Eve For A Hoosier Civil War Soldier: 'What A Year Has It Been'

On the very last day of 1861, a Civil War soldier from Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary to reflect on the year.

December 30, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Swain Gets His Horn Fixet'

At the end of December in 1861, musician and soldier Peter Matthews wrote in his Civil War diary about a fellow soldier getting his instrument fixed in town.

December 29, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Them Were At Another Sham Battle Yesterday'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier Civil War soldier from Indiana wrote in his diary about being excused from a battle drill in his Union Army regiment.

December 28, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Our First Job Of Pioneering In Virginia'

On this day 157 years ago, a Union soldier from Indiana wrote in his diary about finally finishing a log hut so he wouldn't have to stay in a tent.

December 27, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Failed Entirely In Getting Our Logs Hauled Today'

On December 27, 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews of Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary while serving as a Union soldier during the Civil War.

December 26, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Saddled Up To Commence To Build A Log Hut'

On this day in 1861, Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about being excused from dress parade so he could hunt for logs to build a hut.

December 25, 2018

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Merry Christmas From Hoosier Civil War Soldier Peter Thomas Matthews

Peter Matthews, a Monroe County native, spent Christmas Day in 1861 far from home - he was serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. Read his diary entry from that day.

December 24, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Had Guardmount & Dress Parade In The Snow'

On Christmas Eve in 1861, a Monroe County native wrote in his diary far from home while serving in the Union Army in the Civil War.

December 23, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Momentarily Expected The Wind To Carry Off Our Tent'

On Dec. 23, 1861, a Hoosier from Monroe County wrote in his Civil War diary about a strong wind that almost carried off their tent. Luckily, the pegs were frozen in the ground.

December 22, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'To Gloryious Victories Yesterdays Paper'

On this day in 1861, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about hearing of two Union victories during the Civil War.

December 21, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Goes To The 2nd Wis To Get Music'

On this day 157 years ago, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about a couple of his fellows going to a neighboring regiment to get music for their regimental band.

December 20, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Pyles Bunk Put Them Up A Log Hut Today'

On December 20, 1861, Peter Matthews wrote in his Civil War diary about building some sturdier shelter.

December 19, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Boys Had A Sham Battle At Review Yesterday'

On this day 157 years ago, a Hoosier from Monroe County wrote in his diary about a battle drill with his Union Army regiment where "a few Cavelry" were thrown from their horses.

December 18, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Excused By Gen McDowell Who Wished Us To Play At The Arlington House'

On this day in 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about playing drums in his regimental band for many visitors.

December 15, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'What Fine Beautiful Weather'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier from Monroe County wrote in his diary while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.

December 14, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Some Of Them Seen A Diserter From The Lincolin Cavelry'

On this day 157 years ago, a Hoosier serving in the Union Army during the Civil War wrote in his diary about finding a deserter who was "tried and shot a deserving death."

December 13, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Rather Infer...That All Regt Bands Will Be Discharged'

On December 13, 1861, a drummer in the Indiana 19th Regimental Band wrote in his diary about suspecting all bands would be discharged.

December 12, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'It Seems That The Report Of Yesterday Is False'

On this day 157 years ago, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary that a previous report about rebel troops on the move was inaccurate.

December 11, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Reports Reached The Camp That The Rebels Were Moveing'

On this day in 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about hearing reports of enemy troop movement as he served as a drummer for the 19th Indiana Regimental Band.

December 10, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Weather...Equaling The Climate Of The Sunny South'

On this day in 1861, Peter Matthews wrote in his Civil War diary about taking a cold bath on a beautiful day.

December 8, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'At Inspection This Morning...Several Ladyes Were Present'

On this day 157 years ago, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary on a Sunday afternoon: "No Divine Service to Day At Dress Parade prayer was offered however"

December 7, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Complemented Us Hightly For The Honor Of The Music'

On December 7, 1861, a Hoosier from Monroe County wrote in his diary about playing with his regimental band for several generals during the Civil War.

December 5, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Visitors From The City Were Present Who Partook Of Lunch'

On this day in 1861, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about playing music at Arlington House while some visitors ate lunch, then being invited to drink champagne.

December 4, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Walked Home Reaching There At 3 In The Morning'

On this day in 1861, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about a late night going around Washington, D.C. playing with his regimental band for the Indiana Congressional Delegation.

December 3, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Five Of Our Boys Send To...Instrument Maker Boston For Silver Horns'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote in his diary about fellow band members requesting new instruments.

December 2, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Nothing Of Note - Congress Assembled This Morning'

On this day in 157 years ago, a Civil War soldier from Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary.

December 1, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The First Winter Month Windy And Dry'

On Dec. 1, 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about the weather, an inspection, and dress parade as he served in a Union Army regiment during the Civil War.

November 29, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Nothing Unusual Going On To Day'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier Civil War soldier wrote in his diary about eating breakfast and washing his clothes.

November 28, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'High Compliments On The Hoosier State'

On Nov. 28, 1861, a Hoosier Civil War Solider wrote in his diary about listening to a speech from the Governor of Wisconsin, who had a lot of nice things to say about Indiana.

November 27, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Layd In Bed Till Noon'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote in his diary about a quiet day sleeping and reading.

November 26, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Serenaded The President Of The United States - This Was Cool'

On this day in 1861, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about visiting the White House and playing with his regimental band for President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

November 25, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'I Took A Walk This Morning'

On this day in 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about visiting another Union Army regiment during the Civil War.

November 24, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Were Orderd To Fall In About Noon And Get Dress Swords'

On Nov. 24, 1861, a Hoosier Civil War Solider wrote about his regiment getting new uniforms.

November 23, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Earl Went To The City To Day And Bought A New Drum'

On this day in 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews of Monroe County wrote in his diary about a fellow soldier in his Union Army regiment going to buy some items.

November 22, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The Regt Gets New Guns'

On Nov. 22, 1861, a Union soldier from Monroe County wrote in his diary about getting new guns for his regiment during the Civil War.

November 20, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'ToDay Was The Grandest Review Of The Division Decidedly'

On this day in 1861, Monroe County resident Peter T. Matthews wrote about President Abraham Lincoln reviewing his division in the Union Army.

November 19, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Both Days Our Band Done Miserably'

On Nov. 19, 1861, Peter Matthews wrote about his regimental band playing poorly during his service for the Union Army during the Civil War.

November 17, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Wether Still Very Cold & Windy'

On this day in 1861, Hoosier Civil War Soldier Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about several members of his regimental band being dismissed.

November 15, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The Wind As Been Blowing A Perfect Gale'

On Nov. 15, 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about the weather as he served in a Union Army regiment during the Civil War.

November 11, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Earl Went To The City...Express Money Home'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier Civil War soldier wrote in his diary about sending money home to his family.

November 10, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'One Fellow Got Ded Drunk And Had His Money...Stolen Away'

On this day in 157 years ago, a Civil War soldier from Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary about a bunch of soldiers getting drunk.

November 9, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'This Is The Finest Display Ive Ever Seen'

On this day in 157 years ago, a Civil War soldier from Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary about seeing several regiments assembled.

November 8, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Received Pay To Day Mine Accountid To 348'

On Nov. 8, 1861, Peter Matthews wrote in his diary about a pay day during his service for the Union Army during the Civil War.

November 6, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Signed The Pay Roll For Two Months Pay'

On this day in 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about not getting paid when he expected and stormy weather delaying an ordered march.

November 3, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The Chaplain...Preached Us A Splendid Surmon'

On this day in 157 years ago, a Civil War soldier from Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary about a sermon he heard on a beautiful day.

November 2, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Spent A Disagreable Day Of It'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier Civil War soldier wrote in his diary about a rainstorm that blew the cook's tent down.

November 1, 2018

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Civil War Diary: Surgeon 'Is Drilling Us In Making Bandages Stopping The Flow Of Blood'

On Nov. 1, 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about learning how to make bandages and handle wounded as part of his duties in his Union Army regiment.

October 31, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The 2nd Wis Brass Band Made There Appearance'

On this day in 1861, Civil War soldier Peter Thomas Matthews wrote about getting paid and hearing another regiment's band play.

October 30, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The First Cavelry Drill Ive Seen...It Is Quite Exciting'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote in his diary about seeing a cavalry company drill.

October 29, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'A Beautiful Sunny Day'

On Oct. 29, 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his Civil War diary about drilling with his regiment and waiting to get paid.

October 28, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Had A Drill...It Was Very Exciting To See Them Flying Around'

On this day 157 years ago, Hoosier Civil War Soldier Peter T. Matthews wrote in his diary about seeing an Artillery Battery drill.

October 27, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'It Was Riddled With Bullet Holes Making Appear As A Narrow Escape'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote in his diary about escorting Gov. Morton.

October 26, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'I Took A Bath And Scaresly Anything To Pass The Time'

On this day in 1861, a Union soldier from Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary about enjoying some moderate weather after a week of cold.

October 22, 2018

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Civil War Diary: Orders To 'Hold Ourselfs In Readiness For Marching At A Moments Notice'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier Civil War solider from Monroe County wrote in his diary about learning of a nearby battle.

October 20, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Rev Dale Preached A Good Surmon To Day'

On Oct. 20, 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about seeing the City of Washington, listening to a sermon, and playing with the band in his Union Army regiment.

October 19, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'It Raind All Forenoon'

On this day in 1861, Hoosier Civil War soldier Peter Thomas Matthews wrote about the weather in his war-time diary.

October 18, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Butter Pickels And A Wee Drop Of Something To Drink'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier Civil War soldier wrote in his diary about being invited to a supper with "rarities" to eat and playing music for a few generals and their wives.

October 17, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Found Plenty Of Ripe Persimmons Neare Arlington House'

On Oct. 17, 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about finding persimmons and drilling with his Union Army regiment.

October 13, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The Enemy Made A Reconnaissance In Force Of Luisville'

On this day in 1861, Peter Matthews of Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary as he served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

October 12, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Orders Come To Remain In Camp, So The Arms Was Stocked Till Morning'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote in his diary about exercising and being ordered to take care of wounded.

October 8, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The Only Regt. That Had A Brass Band...Was Very Poor One'

On this day in 1861, Peter Thomas Matthews of Monroe County wrote in his diary, criticizing the musicians in another Union Army regiment.

October 7, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The Rain Pured Through The Bottom Of The Tent'

On this day in 1861, a Union soldier from Monroe County, Indiana wrote about a rain storm that poured "in torrents" throughout the whole night.

October 6, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'The Col. Had The Band To Play At His Guardes'

On this day in 1861, Peter Matthews of Monroe County, Indiana wrote in his diary as he served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

October 5, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'We Look Up Line Of March For The Other Side Of The River'

On this day in 1861, Peter T. Matthews wrote in his diary about some "would-be gentlemen' who disturbed his regiment's march in a carriage. Matthews' Colonel was so mad he briefly arrested the men.

October 4, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Witnessed The Ascent Of Proff Lowe In His Balloon'

On this day in 1861, Union Army soldier Peter Thomas Matthews wrote in his diary about seeing someone collect intel from a balloon and prepare to march the following morning.

October 3, 2018

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Civil War Diary: 'Us Boys Took A Game Of Cards To Pass The Time Off'

On this day in 1861, Monroe Co. native Peter Thomas Matthews wrote about blacking his shoes, cutting wood and playing cards with his Union Army regiment.

October 2, 2018

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Matthews Civil War Diary: 'We Serenaded The Leint Col's And Dr. Master's Wives'

On this day in 1861, a Hoosier from Monroe County wrote about playing music in the camp of his Union Army regiment during the Civil War.

October 1, 2018

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Matthews Civil War Diary: 'Orders For Strikeing Tents Forthwith Were Promptly Obeyed'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote about making camp on the banks of the Potomac River.

September 30, 2018

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Matthews Civil War Diary: 'Advance Towards Falls Church Was Begune'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote briefly about advancing towards Falls Church.

September 29, 2018

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Matthews Civil War Diary: 'Our Regt Has Bin In A Fight'

Hoosier Peter Thomas Matthews served as a drummer in the Union Army during the Civil War. On this day in 1861, he wrote about a battle his regiment fought.

August 24, 2018

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Follow A Hoosier Soldier's Diary During The Civil War

On this day 157 years ago, a Hoosier from Monroe County began a diary that he would keep as he fought for the Union in the Civil War. Follow along as we publish entries in real-time on the day they were written.

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