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.
Thursday May 5, 18641
Beautiful day. Safeguard at Melville Gold mill. Wrote a letter to my wife. Got marching orders at evening. Arrived at ___ Mine R__ (Editor: unclear) early in the morning. Heavy fighting all the afternoon.
- “1864 Diary of Private Octave Bruso, 50th NY Engineers, Company E” edited by Tom Bauerle, Buffalo, NY, 2010. ↩