“Latest News, By Telegraph,” including “The Campaign Growing Active in Missouri,” and “Rebel Telegraph in Our Lines,” St. Paul Daily Press, and diary entries by Matthew Marvin – April 26, 1863
Diary entry by Matthew Marvin of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the 1st Minnesota’s camp at Stafford Hills near Falmouth, Virginia. During the past week Marvin decides to quit chewing tobacco, writing on April 23rd: “Just for a change if I dont want Tobacco to bad I shall stop useing it in the morning[.] Therefore it is resolved (that circumstances not preventing) that as the commodity Tobacco is very scarce & that it is becomeing very scarce & Resolved that [it] commands a very high [price] Resolved that I quit in acordance with the if above stated[.]”.
In the days following, Marvin describes his struggles to quit. On the 24th he writes: “I smoked 3 cigars my upper teeth feel Sorter numb & would not wonder if they would ache some to nite[.] In compliance with foregoing resolution I did abstain from chewing this day & think it is very unpleasant to do so”. And on the 25th: “That big if is good so far[.] I have thought that the marrow was leaking out of some of the bones for want of Tobacco[;] The teeth I guess wont drop out”.
On Sunday April 26, Marvin writes of a welcome distraction from tobacco: “Went to church to day[.] I have forgot the text but it was about rebellion in times of Old & their cause & affects[.] In conclusion he earnestly recommended we should keep the Preasidants appointed day of fasting [.] Weather pleasant[.] Wrote to Charley Parks[.]”
Marvin uses two unfilled pages this week to record exciting developments on May 5th, during the Battle of Chancellorsville. Look for the full transcription in the first week of May.
Citation: April 22-27, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]