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Octave Bruso Diary: Week of July 3, 1864

Note: This is one week’s worth of diary entries of Octave Bruso, who participated in the Siege of Petersburg as a member of the 50th New York Engineers.1

Sunday July 3, 1864

Very Pleasent. Left camp at 3 A.M. for the front line of Works. Wrote to Wm F. King. Went to Camp at night for rations.

Monday July 4, 1864

Beautiful Cool day. Wrote a letter to my wife. Very long and lonesome day. Recieved a letter and paper from Henry Inman.

Tuesday July 5, 1864

Very Pleasent day. Wrote to Henry Inman. Went to camp at 1 P.M. All of my Tools in at night.

Wednesday July 6, 1864

Pleasent and Windy. Very unwell all the afternoon. Went to camp at 7 P.M. Recieved my Envelopes from Philips + Solomons (Editor: Philp & Solomons stationery?)

Thursday July 7, 1864

Pleasent + Windy. Left Camp for the line of works at 7 A.M. Wrote to Shellington for paper and Envelopes. Sent $5.00. Went to Camp at 6 P.M.

Friday July 8, 1864

Rain (Fine ?) Day + Windy. Ordered on the line again and left camp at 4 A.M. Came back to camp at 2 P.M.

Saturday July 9, 1864

Fine (?) day. Recieved 2 letters from my Wife with Silk + Comb. Wrote to my Wife. In camp all day. Ordered to report at the Jone’s House at 8 1/2 P.M. Came back at 10 P.M. The 6th Corps ordered out and left for City Point during the night.


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