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Marvin Diary Entry – December 8, 1862

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

Diary entry by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the 1st Minnesota’s camp at Stafford Hills near Falmouth, Virginia. This week Marvin begins building barracks for winter quarters, “luging timbers ¼ of a mile up a slippery hill” in the process. On Monday the 8th he writes:

Comenced to build Winter quarters[,] 4 in each squad[.] Drayne* came to the compound[.] Weather cold[.] actually ruffer at nite[.]


Later in the week Marvin is ordered “to have 3 days rations cooked all the time” in preparation for a march across the Rappahannock River into Fredericksburg, which begins on December 11th. Marvin reports that bullets start flying in the Battle of Fredericksburg and the “7th Mich and 19th Mass [were the] first to cross in boats”.

*Daniel Drayne was a Private in the same company as Marvin, Company K, 1st Minnesota Regiment.

Citation: December 6-11, 1862 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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