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Diary Entry by Matthew Marvin – August 28, 1862

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

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Private in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from a newly established hospital at Craney Island on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, where he was recovering from a gunshot wound.  Throughout the week, Marvin struggled to avoid boredom, whittling and carving “chess men” to pass the time.

“Head is clear[.] Took Castor Oil[.] Weather pleasant[.] nice breeze[.] Saw a young commit* this Evening[.]“
*On the evening of August 28, 1862, Mathew Marvin was star gazing at his hospital on Chesapeake Bay when he witnessed the “Great Comet of 1862” as it passed overhead.  The comet had been discovered six weeks earlier, and was at its best and brightest at the end of August. Click here for more on the Swift-Tutle comet.

Citation:  August 28, 1862 Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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