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