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Octave Bruso Diary: February 9, 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 9, 1864

Pleasent day. Recieved a letter from Lt. Pollard.

Wrote to           Lt. Pollard

“                      Corp’l A. Howard

To Miss Carrie Eastman and to L/Julian (Editor: unclear) Murphy. Went to the Polyrama in the evening with Uncle Louis

HOWARD, AMOS.—Age, 23 years. Enlisted, August 31, 1861, at Maine; mustered in as private, Co., G, September 6, 1861, to serve three years; transferred to Co. E, November 1, 1861; promoted corporal, January 30, 1862; re-enlisted, January 31, 1864; promoted sergeant, March 1, 1864; mustered in as second lieutenant, December 27, 1864; mustered out with company, June 13, 1865, at Fort Barry, V a.; commissioned second lieutenant, November 30, 1864, with rank-from October 20, 1864, vice Kenyon, promoted. 1



  1. Report of the Adjutant General, page 985
  2. Ed. Note: During the Civil War, there were many “polyramas” featuring scenes from the war, in numerous cities North and South. See The Children’s Civil War by James Marten, p. 17 .
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