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Diary entry describing Fair Oaks – June 2, 1862

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Diary entry by Joseph G. Trevor of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, Company E, describing the aftermath of the Battle of Fair Oaks:

“June 2nd
Just as we had composed ourselves to sleep last night a few muskets discharged out in front awoke us all and tumbling into line stood a few minutes awaiting the onslaught of the enemy. It soon ceased and we slept untill morn without further scare. a stray shot from some of the pickets killed one of Co. ā€œCā€ who was buried in the yard of the house. as soon as we got up we went to work erecting a breastwork from the fine oak trees standing in the yard.
June 2nd
Fair Oaks indeed they were but. but their beauty could not save them from such a fate when demanded stern war. when finished we hauled the cannon inside and stacked arms. lay still all day. no signs of an enemy[.] our Prisoners and others burying the dead in the woods who are decomposing in piles, and tainting the air.”

Citation:Ā  June 2, 1862 Diary entry by Joseph Trevor, Joseph G. Trevor diary, 1862. Minnesota Historical Society.

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