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Octave Bruso Diary: Week of November 27, 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 27, 1864

Pleasent Day. Inspection at 10 o clock. Wrote to Mary Bruso. Recieved a letter from my Wife, from my Brother Augustin and from Sneider + Co. Went after the mail and got my watch. Recieved my paper + Env.

Monday November 28, 1864

Beautiful Day. Wrote to my wife + to my Brother Augustin. Wrote to Higgins (Editor: unclear) Co Room 62 National Hotel. L. P. Rigby died. I called on him last evening.

RIGBY, LUMAN P.—Age, 31 years. Enlisted, August 23, 1864, at Nanticoke; mustered in as private, Co. E , August 23, 1864, to serve one year; died of disease, November 28, 1864, at Poplar Grove Church, Va. (Report of the Adjutant General)


Tuesday November 29, 1864

Beautiful Day. Wrote to Henry Inman.


Wednesday November 30, 1864

Beautiful Day. Started for City Point in Charge of Ordinance Stores in the morning + turned them over to Ord. Officers. Stayd with Lt. Roosa overnight.

Thursday December 1, 1864

Beautiful Day. Left City Point for Camp at 10 A.M. The Ponton Trains move up from Fort Stevenson to the Regimental Hd Qts. Wrote to Cochran’s for Tobacco. Recieved a letter from my wife.


Friday December 2, 1864

Beautiful Day. Wrote to my wife. Worked all day in the woods getting out Tent Timber.


Saturday December 3, 1864

Pleasent + Windy. Worked in the woods during the forenoon. Came on Guard at 5 P.M. Orderly at Headquarters.


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