Sunday December 4, 1864
Most Delightful day. Dress Parade at 4 P.M. Relieved from duty at 5 P.M. Recieved a letter from the Repository.
Monday December 5, 1864
Beautiful Day. Worked all day in the woods getting out Tent material. Recieved a letter from my Sister Malvina + from Higgins + Co.
Tuesday December 6, 1864
Beautiful Day. Worked all day putting up winter quarters.
Wednesday December 7, 1864
Rainy Day. Worked all the forenoon on Tents (Editor: unclear) . Recieved marching orders + packed-up. But did not leave. Recieved my tobacco from Washington.
Thursday December 8, 1864
Beautiful day. Wrote to my dear Wife. Worked all day on our winter quarters.
Friday December 9, 1864
Very Cool Day. Worked all day on our winter quarters. Got orders to pack up at 3 P.M. + 60 rounds of ammunition. I was ordered to City Point on official Business. Snowed and rained all night. Very cold.
Saturday December 10, 1864
Pleasent but very muddy! at City Point! Returned to Camp at 7 P.M. The Reg’t Gone!
- “1864 Diary of Private Octave Bruso, 50th NY Engineers, Company E” edited by Tom Bauerle, Buffalo, NY, 2010. ↩