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Octave Bruso Diary: February 2, 1864

Note: This is one of many diary entries of Octave Bruso, a member of the 50th New York Engineers who participated in the Petersburg Campaign.

Tuesday, February 2, 18641

Beautiful day. Wrote to Col Pettes. Called on L in the forenoon. Went up town in the afternoon to see John B and also called on Mrs Hinman in the Eve and came home with Lottie. Got a letter from Carrie Eastman.

Col. William H. Pettes


PETTES, WILLIAM H.—Age, 48 years. Enrolled, September 10, 1861, at Buffalo; mustered in as lieutenant-colonel, September 18, 1861, to serve three years; as colonel, January 1, 1864; mustered out, to date July 5, 1865, at Fort Barry, Va .; commissioned lieutenant-colonel, November 4, 1861, with rank from September 18, 1861, original; colonel, June 13, 1863, with rank from June 3,1863, vice Stewart, resigned. 3


  1. “1864 Diary of Private Octave Bruso, 50th NY Engineers, Company E” edited by Tom Bauerle, Buffalo, NY, 2010.
  2. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Civil War Photographs  Reproduction number: LC-DIG-cwpb-04593
  3. Report of the Adjutant General, page 1086
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