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Octave Bruso Diary: Week of June 26, 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 June 26, 1864

Very hot. Mailed a letter to my wife. Wrote to Washton (Washington) for Tobacco. Went to camp in the forenoon. All quiet along the line.

Monday June 27, 1864

Very warm day. A shower toward evening. Returned to camp at 4 P.M.- It got quiet (sic: quite) cool at night

Tuesday June 28, 1864

Cloudy + Cool. Wrote to my wife. Recieved a letter from my wife. and one from W (Washington) with stamps. Was ordered to the front again at 4 P.M.

Wednesday June 29, 1864

Pleasent day. On the line of Battle. Grand Review of the 6th Corps by Gen’l Wright. Got marching orders at 3 P.M. and left for Reams Station on the Weldon RR


General Horatio G. Wright

Commander of “Bloody Sixth Corps”

Thursday June 30, 1864

Pleasent day. Marched all night (last night). Arrived at Reams Station at 2 A.M. with any opposition (Editor: without any opposition?) and tore up the RR badly. Started back at 4 P.M. to return to our old place. Sheridan with his command passed us near the Weldon RR.

Friday July 1, 1864

Very Warm. Recieved a letter from my Sister Malvina. Camped all day 3 miles from our old line. Wrote to my sister Malvina

Saturday July 2, 1864

Warm Day. Marched back to our old line of works. Recieved a letter and one paper from my Wife. Wrote to my wife. Got order to leave at 3 A.M. tomorrow morning.


  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-05685
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