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Octave Bruso Diary: May 5, 1864

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.


  1. “1864 Diary of Private Octave Bruso, 50th NY Engineers, Company E” edited by Tom Bauerle, Buffalo, NY, 2010.
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