Note: This is one of many diary entries of Octave Bruso, who participated in the Petersburg Campaign as a member of the 50th New York Engineers.
Friday March 18, 18641
Beautiful day. Wrote to Lt. Roosa !Very Windy! recieved a letter from my wife. Fighting at Kelly’s Ford
ROOSA, JOHN L.—Age, 24 years. Enrolled, September 9, 1861, at Elmira; mustered in as second lieutenant, Co. G, September 14, 1861, to serve three years; as first lieutenant, August 4, 1863; mustered out, January 16, 1865; commissioned second lieutenant, October 14, 1861, with rank from September 16, 1861, original; first lieutenant, March 17, 1863, with rank from February 28, 1863, original; not mustered; again commissioned first lieutenant, July 28, 1863, with rank from May 18, 1863, vice Schenck, promoted. 2