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Diary entry by Matthew Marvin – October 27, 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 stragglers camp near Washington D.C., where he has been sent after recovering from a gunshot wound at a hospital on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. This week, Marvin sees convalescents arrive daily from area hospitals, writes letters home and gets a sore mouth. On Monday, October 27th, he writes:

“The boys have to work on a new fort[.] the Lt in charge had to call a guard to make the boys go. They would shirk out in spite of him or the guard by running among the tents[.] Weather AM Rain and PM cool wind[.]”


Citation: October 25-30, 1862 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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