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Octave Bruso Diary: Week of November 13, 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 November 13, 1864

Beautiful day. Got a Pass and called on Capt Sudborough of the 17th Mich and also Capt Geo Montieth (sic: Monteith)  Asst. Adjt Genl on Genl Hopkins (Editor: unclear) Staff. Dress Parade at 4 P.M.

  John Monteith George Monteith (right)



(Note: According to the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, George Monteith of Adrian, MI was a first lieutenant in Company G, 4th Michigan Infantry; aide-de-camp on the staff of General Porter; captain in Company E; acting assistant adjutant general, Second Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps; captain and assistant adjutant general in U.S. Volunteers.)


Monday November 14, 1864

Beautiful Day. Out on a Battallion (sic: battalion) Detail in the forenoon. Dress Parade in the evening. Wrote to my Loving wife.


Tuesday November 15, 1864

Beautiful Day. Non-com drill. Drilled the new Men in the morning. recieved my Boots. Recieved a letter from C.M. Buck (Editor: unclear, possibly “Buel”). Corp’l of the Guard on 2d Relief. recieved my Addressed Env.


Wednesday November 16, 1864

Beautiful Day. Wrote to Sneider + Lauhor (Editor: unclear). Came off from Guard at 5 P.M.


Thursday November 17, 1864

Beautiful Day. Went to Fort Welch in the forenoon to put a Tripp (Editor: unclear) Fence. Wrote to my Wife. And to Berlin + Lowes (Editor: unclear). Recieved my stationary from Washington.


Friday November 18, 1864

Beautiful Day. Wrote to the Ladies Repository and to Geo C. ____   (Editor: unclear) Box 52 Washington. Sent a letter to my wife with 1 pr stockings. Recieved letter from my wife and my watch also!


Saturday November 19, 1864

Rain all day + all night. Wrote to my wife. Left Camp for Fort Stevenson to take a Train. Sent my Watch to Washington.


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