My grandfather was in the Civil War, and I have a diary he kept during the time. He was among the Union soldiers in an Ohio regiment that served in Washington City and the battles of Bull Run and Antietam.
On Aug. 23, 1862, he wrote, "Went through Washington City."
24th, "Got out of cars at Washington Station."
26th, "Went to guard General Pope's headquarters."
27th, "Went to battleground that evening, the wounded still on the field, stayed on the field all night, buried the dead, then went to Bull Run."
Sept. 17th, "Battle of Antietam."
Oct. 3, "Visited by the President."
June 5, 1863, "Went to Liberty where we joined Col. Wilders' force of mounted infantry."
June 6, "Left Liberty and started to Murfeesboro."
June 24th, "Rained hard all day and all night, continued artillery fire."
June 25th, "Stayed on the line all day and all night."
28th, "General Rosencrans came in."
July 5, "Stayed in camp and drew a part of day's rations."
8th, "Drew one day's ration of bread and coffee."
Sept. 5, "Went to Trenton, Georgia."
Sept. 11, "Went across Lookout Mountain and drove in the Rebel pickets."
Sept. 17, "Firing commenced early in the morning and we were ordered to the front. Firing was kept up all day."
Sept. 19, "Battle of Chickamauga, Col. James wounded, and Maj. Adney and two Lieut. Wm. Ross of our company died."
Sept. 20, "Second day of battle, Harrison Howel killed."
Sept. 22, "Stayed ready for battle all day and commenced to fortify at night."
23rd, "Worked on the fortifications nearly all day."
24th, "Went out to reconnoiter the enemy's position, had a heavy skirmish, heavy firing until 10 o'clock."
Oct. 13, "Election Day, 43 votes."
Oct. 21, "General Rosecrans left us; General Thomas took over."
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