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Octave Bruso Diary: February 26, 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.

Friday, February 26, 18641

Snowing hard. Arrived at Union (Editor: Union, NY is southeast of Syracuse) at 8 A.M. Wrote to Lt. Newcomb (Sic: Newcombe). Wrote to my wife. Left Union for Elmira at 2 P.M.. Stayed at the Engine House at Union. Slept with D. Rathbun.

NEWCOMBE, CALVIN Q.—Age, 38 years. Enlisted, August 27, 1862, at Rochester; mustered in as private, Co. F , August 27, 1862, to serve three years; promoted sergeant, October 8,1862; mustered in as first lieutenant, Co. B, March 23, 1863; transferred to Co. C, same date; resigned, July 30, 1864; commissioned first lieutenant, March 17, 1863, with rank from February 28, 1863, original. 2


  1. “1864 Diary of Private Octave Bruso, 50th NY Engineers, Company E” edited by Tom Bauerle, Buffalo, NY, 2010.
  2. Report of the Adjutant General, page 1065
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