Octave Bruso Diary: Week of June 26, 1864

   

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Note: This is one week’s worth of diary entries of Octave Bruso, who participated in the Siege of Petersburg as a member of the 50th New York Engineers.1

Sunday June 26, 1864

Very hot. Mailed a letter to my wife. Wrote to Washton (Washington) for Tobacco. Went to camp in the forenoon. All quiet along the line.

Monday June 27, 1864

Very warm day. A shower toward evening. Returned to camp at 4 P.M.- It got quiet (sic: quite) cool at night

Tuesday June 28, 1864

Cloudy + Cool. Wrote to my wife. Recieved a letter from my wife. and one from W (Washington) with stamps. Was ordered to the front again at 4 P.M.

Wednesday June 29, 1864

Pleasent day. On the line of Battle. Grand Review of the 6th Corps by Gen’l Wright. Got marching orders at 3 P.M. and left for Reams Station on the Weldon RR

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General Horatio G. Wright

Commander of “Bloody Sixth Corps”

Thursday June 30, 1864

Pleasent day. Marched all night (last night). Arrived at Reams Station at 2 A.M. with any opposition (Editor: without any opposition?) and tore up the RR badly. Started back at 4 P.M. to return to our old place. Sheridan with his command passed us near the Weldon RR.

Friday July 1, 1864

Very Warm. Recieved a letter from my Sister Malvina. Camped all day 3 miles from our old line. Wrote to my sister Malvina

Saturday July 2, 1864

Warm Day. Marched back to our old line of works. Recieved a letter and one paper from my Wife. Wrote to my wife. Got order to leave at 3 A.M. tomorrow morning.

Source:

  1. “1864 Diary of Private Octave Bruso, 50th NY Engineers, Company E” edited by Tom Bauerle, Buffalo, NY, 2010.
  2. Library of Congress American Memory, Digital ID: cwpb-05685

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