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Octave Bruso Diary: May 9, 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.

Monday May 9, 18641

(Editor: crossed out text) Warm day. Relieved from the Pits on the morning. Make some Bridges.

Warm + Gusty. Parked all day near Spottsylvania Church. Heavy firing towards the evening. Gen’l Sedgwick killed.

John Sedgwick

General John Sedgwick



  1. “1864 Diary of Private Octave Bruso, 50th NY Engineers, Company E” edited by Tom Bauerle, Buffalo, NY, 2010.
  2. Library of Congress American Memory, Digital ID: cwpb 06382
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