Cloudy, but pleasant. Procured some goods from Comy. Reading & writing[.] Drilled Co in afternoon[.] Capt. Whitford joined the Regt. From an 80 days furlough[.] commenced building Bakery[.] Goodnews from Mobile[.] 2 forts taken[,] also 2 rains[.]
Citation: August 8, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]
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. He might be planning on traveling, because on August 6 he writes:
“Weather pleasant[.] Dunleath [Illinois] to McGrger [McGregor, IA] 64 ms [/] “ “ Prare D Che [Prairie Du Chien, WI] 71 “ [/] “ “ La Crosse 164 “ [/] “ “ Winona 205 [/] “ “ Wabashaw 254 [/] “ “ Redwing 309 [/] “ “ Hastings 345 [/] St Paul 371[.]“
See the whole week’s worth of entries here: 1864-08-06_Marvin_combined
Citation: July 21 – August 9, 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 John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment in Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, reporting on the activities of cavalry troops – August 3, 1864Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Letter from John N. Bradford, of the Fourth Minnesota Regiment in Altoona, Georgia, to his wife, Libbie Bradford, reporting on the activities of cavalry troops and receiving new guns.
Altoona. Ga. August 3rd 1864
it has rained rained very hard to day[.] was on picket last night[.] it rained as hard as it could rain[.] [Bill.] Patricks. Divis. of Cavilry pased through here to day going to the front[.] the Rebel Cavilry are in our rear[.] we expected an attack here last night[.] to day five hundreds of our Cavilry got after some of them seven miles from here and run them off[.] if they run that easy I guess we will not be troubeld with them[.] we have drawn new guns to day[.] they are the Spring field Rifle[.] the bright barrel they are hard to keep clean[.]
See full letter here: 1864-08-03_Bradford_FULL
Citation: August 3, 1864. John P. Bradford Papers 1862-1864, 1928-1978. Genealogical and Civil War Materials, 1861-1864, Minnesota Historical Society [P1680 Box 7]
Entry in the diary of James Woodbury, 9th Regiment, Co C., by Nathan Palmeter, also of the 9th Regiment, Co C., who is a captive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. On August 2 he writes: “very cloudy this morning[.] also very cool[.] taking out a large number of sick[.] about 3 P.M. it rained a very heavy shower[.] in the Evening cool. J.M. Woodbury died[.]” Palmeter introduces himself on July 31, writing: “Nathan Palmeter[,] Co. C. 9th Min[.] […] Was taken Prisoner June 13th 1864 about 2 P.m. had no Blows nor Boots nor Blanket[…]”.
Citation: August 2, 1864 James Woodbury Diary, May – October 1864. Diary and miscellaneous letters and papers, 1862-1908. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1091]
Clear and airy, warm. Feel much better thank God. able to walk round with ease. [I] making out my monthly returns of C. C & G. E. & clothing Receipt Roes[.] Two chemneys fell[.] Co drew rations[.] Writing a letter[.]
Citation: August 1, 1864. Diary entry by Thomas Montgomery, Diary, 1864. Thomas Montgomery and family papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P2812 box 1]