Cool & foggy morning[.] Up late, & Had Breakfast. A Beautiful day. Regt. at work on our new camp and after lumber Chaplain paid me $16.50 he owed me for mess &c. Bought History of United States (Quackenbos) from chaplain 75. Sold my 1st Lieuts. Shoulder straps to Lieut Parvin Co B $3.
Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Corporal in the 1st Minnesota Regiment who was wounded at Gettysburg. Marvin has been discharged, and is now home at his family’s farm in St. Charles, Illinois where he spends his time helping his family and visiting friends. On October 8 he writes, “Weather pleasant[.] Helped [H…] wash dishes and scrub the floor[.]” On October 6 he wrote, “Was out boat riding[.] picked a bushel of grapes[.] collected many rare specimens of Ston[.] Weather pleasant[.]”.
Citation: October 5 – 8, 1864 Diary entries by Matthew Marvin, Diary, January 1- December 31, 1864. Volume 3. Matthew Marvin Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2355 box 1]
Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth – October 6, 1864Monday, October 6th, 2014
Letter from James Madison Bowler, stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas, to his wife, Elizabeth, written while he was in the hospital, describing his time there and the condition of the 3rd Regiment.
A partial transcription of the letter:
Little Rock, Ark.,
October 6th, 1864.
My Dear Lizzie:
Nothing to do but sit about in the Hospital and read; so I will while away an hour in writing to you. Guess you will get tired reading so many letters from me, especially as I have nothing interesting to write about. I am gaining strength every day – think I shall be able for duty soon. All the Minnesotians, but Major Webster and myself, have left the hospital, having been ordered to Memphis. It seems quite lonely since they left. Major Webster has been down with Rheumatism. I think he will resign. […] I shall not stay away from you one minute longer than I am obliged to after an honorable peace shall be declared. I do have a great desire to serve until that event shall occur. I heard from Pine Bluff yesterday. The 3rd Regt is suffering terribly. It has but fifteen or twenty men for duty. Lt. Liljegren of Co. “D” is dead. Surgeon Smith, the Medical Director of the Department, has made application to have the Regt. ordered to some healthier locality. I expect the order will be made soon. […]
Lots of kisses to you and Birdie.
Truly, your husband,
See whole letter here: 1864-10-06 Bowler_combo res
Citation: October 6, 1864, Letter from James Madison Bowler to Lizzie, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330]
Cloudy & a little rain. Feeling unwell[,] lay in bed & lost my breakfast[.] Regt was inspected by Maj Baldy. Div. Insp. Of 56 [US…][.] Got from Santy, [co…] ½ bbl. of potatoes & ½ bbl. of onions. Had a good dinner & Supper[.] Received a letter from Miss L. Smith Cleveland Minn, Writing for men. Forwarded […] & final Statements of M. Berryman also Effects[.]
Citation: October 3, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]