Diary entry by Matthew Marvin of the 1st Minnesota Regiment, written from the 1st Minnesota’s camp near the Rappahannock River at Falmouth, Virginia. During the past week Marvin’s company has been busy with daily drills, parades and inspections. On the diary page for May 19th, Marvin’s friend Alfred Carpenter writes:
“If I am “wiped out” or “poked over” you will convey a favor on me and what few friends I have by writing immediately to my Brother, [Jairus] H. Carpenter
Please do so and oblige your Obt. Serv’t.
Alfred P. Carpenter
Send my diarys to Mrs Martha Carpenter[,] St. Charles Minn. A.P.G.
Camp approved Fredrick[sburg]”
On Monday May 25, Marvin writes:
“Their was Co drill this Am[.] Their has been no stir in camp today except by a few of the Shouldier Straps [officers] who was slightly unwell & wer [buisey] laying at the lines of rail fences by way of amusements[.] Was on dress parade at nite[.] Their is 3 reported preasant for duty & out of that is taken daily 7 for Guard & Picket duty[.] Their is an everage detail of 4 daily for fatigue besides the Co fatigue & from that must be excused the 1st Sergt Co [...] & Co Pioneer[.] Sent papers to Jim[.]
Weather cool & lowery & appears like rain but is pleasant with all[.]”
See whole week’s worth of entries: 1863-05-17_Marvin_5-12-17combined
Citation: May 18-25, 1863 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1-December 31, 1863. Volume 2. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 2]