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Diary entries by Matthew Marvin – December 20, 1863

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 11:10 am

Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg and is convalescing in Chicago, Illinois at the US Marine Hospital. These days Marvin regularly receives visitors, reads and writes letters. On December 8, Marvin writes of efforts made on behalf of a fellow patient: “This evening we got up a contrabution for Sergt Schermerhorn[.] we raised raised [sic] here in the hospital for him $12 in all probability he will not live long & is very poor in [puc…]neary matters[.] I wrote to his Wife for him”. The next day the Sergeant was discharged and sent home.

Marvin’s wound flares up again for a few days. Marvin writes “My wound is swelling to day & is very painfull” and the next day “My wound keeps getting worse & pain is increasing”. On the third day he feels some relief after a long night; he writes “This morning my wound was not quite so painfull as it was yesterday & last nite it was an awful long nite[.] I thought of all I ever herd tell of from the landing of Noahs Ark to the preasant time”.

Days pass slowly in the hospital. Marvin writes “The days are very lonely & the nites are more so”. For a while Marvin looses himself in literature, writing that “by the kindness Mrs Rice I have a coppy of Byron to beguile the hours away” and “Reading Byron[,] Don Juan ”. By mid December the men decide to do something about the recurring boredom and lonliness. On December 15 Marvin writes that he “Attended a meeting of Soldier to get up a Library”.

On December 20, Marvin writes: “Wrote to Lute & MLM[.] Weather pleasant

See week’s worth of entries: 1863-12-20_Marvin_combined

Citation:  December 6-21, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary notes and memos. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]

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