Two Diaries from 1863 and 1865 of
Gabriel R. Ballard, 143rd NYVI

On March 21, 2004, Mike Ballard sent me transcriptions of two pocket diaries that were kept by his great-great-grandfather, Gabriel Rummer Ballard. One is for the year 1863, and one is for the year 1865. I post them here with Mike's permission. All rights of ownership remain with him.

1863

tues mar 10,1863
sent home for 30 dolars
thurs mar 12
ben paid 18.93
sat mar 14
it snowes here today
mon mar 16
sent Marilla ballard 5 dolars
tues mar 17
sent home 8 dolars
wed mar 18
sent Monroh Marsh 25 dolars
fri mar 20
I was on guard to day
sun mar 22
it is plesint here to day
mon mar 23
I was onguard to day
tues mar 24
went to the (?)
wed mar 25
worked on the digins
thurs mar 26
went to elexands(?) on a pas
sat mar 28
rained to day
sun mar 29
I was on guard to day
mon mar 30
drilled to day
tues mar 31
mustered to day
wed apr 1
drilled to day
thurs apr 2
worked on the digins
fri apr 3
worked on the digins
sat apr 4
worked on the rifle pits
sun apr 5
it is plesent
mon apr 6
i was on guard
tues apr 7
raind to day
wed apr 8
work on the rifle pits
thurs apr 9
we have got orders to drill
fri apr 10
we have got orders to take (to) the field on the 12 of april
sat apr 11
we expect to march
sun apr 12
we have got to march to day it rains very hard now
mon apr 13
it is very ruf to day
tues apr 14
we ar on the chest peak ba
wed apr 15
we are at faste monsak (?)
thurs apr 16
jest arrived in norfolk (?)
fri apr 17
jest arrived in to snfolk (?)
sat apr 18
we had orders to fall into the rifle pits
sun apr 19
it is plesent
mon apr 20
we have order to march
tues apr 21
I was on picket on the rale rode
wed apr 22
every thing is quiet
thurs apr 23
..(?).. men has crost the river
fri apr 24
we have moved to day about 2 1/2 miles
sat apr 25
it is very milde
sun apr 26
I was on picket and it rained very hard
mon apr 27
it was plesent today
tues apr 28
it is very hot to day ben paid 52 dolars
wed apr 29
it ranes here to day
thurs apr 30
sent home 32 dolars
fri may 1
I was on picket and we was ordered orded to fall out in to th..(?)..
sat may 2
we ords to march -we crost the river fell back at knite
sun may 3
we had ordes to march we crost the river and fell bak at knite
mon may 4
we as ordes to be redy.
we drove the rebs acrost bthe black watters (?)
tues may 5
we lade at sufolk awating for the cars
wed may 6
we lay at forts monrow wating for ordes
thurs may 7
from thare up the york river landed at 3oc throde up entrencement
fri may 8
throde up entrencement
sat may 9
worked on the railrode
sun may 10
worked on the forte
mon may 11
it is plesent here to day & I fixed my tent
tues may 12
I was on gard it was plesent
wed may 13
I was on gard to day. it is wet & raing
went out a foriging got 15 had of cattle 35 sheap 8hogs (?)
thurs may 14
it is plesent here to day
fri may 15
choped
sat may 16
fixed tents for the boys
sun may 17
it is plesent to day
mon may 18
it rainy
tues may 19
it is plesent to day
wed may 20
we have moved to the point
thurs may 21
it is very hot to day
fri may 22
I was on picket it was very hot
sat may 23
I was on picket it was very hot
sun may 24
I was on gard it is plesent
mon may 25
I was on gard it is wet & rainy
tues may 26
it is plesent to day
wed may 27
it is plesent here to day
thurs may 28
I was on picket was very hot
fri may 29
we moved back to our old camp
sat may 30
we had marching ordes to be rady at eny moment
sun may 31
Still keep redy took a b..?.. at 12oc went to yorke town
mon jun 1
the wether is verry hot to day
tues jun 2
it is plesent here to day
wed jun 3
it is wet & rainy
thurs jun 4
it is plesent to day
fri jun 5
ben paid 26 dolars
sat jun 6
it is plesent to day
sun jun 7
a hevy thunder shower was at knite
mon jun 8
got ordes to march
tues jun 9
we marched at the rate of 2 miles an our as ..? .. wilamings burgs
wed jun 10
fixed our camp
thurs jun 11
had late marchings ordes 5oc marched 20 or ..?.. to banesvill barnesvle
fri jun 12
we fell back some. 3 or 4 miles in camped over nite
sat jun 13
we lay wating for reengfrsements
sun jun 14
still we lay here yet
mon jun 15
still we lay here
tues jun 16
still we lae here yet
wed jun 17 5
still we lae here yet
thurs jun 18
still we lae here yet & it ranes to
fri jun 19
we went in to camp Sent for our napsacks
sat jun 20
we lay here in camp yet. we go on picket evry third nite
sun jun 21
it is wet and rainy to day
mon jun 22
it is plesent i went on gard
tues jun23
we have got late marching ordes
wed jun 24
we stand ready to start enny minit
thurs jun 25
we marched to or thre miles by barnsvill
fri jun 26
we marched to the river of the pamunke(?)
sat jun 27
we marched to the white house
sent lida a ballard 16 dolars
sun jun 28
we lae here in a 2500 acer medow
mon jun 29
we lae here yet went on picket 3 or 4 miles(?)
tues jun 30
we are yet here on picket
wed july 1
the army moved and we was dooing picket dooty
thurs july 2
we are dooing picket duty
fri july 3
dooing picket dooty
sat july 4 huhrah
dooing picket dooty
sun july 5
dooing picket duty
mon july 6
had brigade drill
tues july 7
tore up the rail road track
wed july 8
we marcht back to barnsvil
thurs july 9
marched to wiliamsburge
fri july 10
marcht to yorke town & took transposts (?) for washington
sat july 11
we got to washington 3 took the ..?.. for fredrix sity
sun july 12
got here this morning stad here overnite
mon july 13
we marcht to the mountins
tues july 14
we marched to the river lt (?) hamon had twins
wed july 15
we marched to the midle town
thurs july 16
we marched to therfargab (?)
fri july 17
we lay here wating for the pontons bridegs
sat july 18
we lae here wating for the pontons bridges
sun july 19
we crost the river
mon july 20
marcht to hu..?..town goose crick
tues july 21
we lae here at goose crick dooing picket dooty
wed july 22
we are dooing picket dooty
thurs july 23
marcht to white planes
fri july 24
marcht to new boltermore
sat july 25
marcht to warington funeton (?) went in to camp
sun july 26
we lae here in camp
mon july 27
we lae here yet a secun (?)
tues july 28
we lae here yet a secuting (?)
wed july 29
we have moved a bout a mile
page missing
tues aug 11
we went in to camp. sent home for 12 dolars
wed aug 12
I lae in my tent
thurs aug 13
I lae in my tent
fri aug 14
I lae in my tent
sat aug 15
I lae in my tent
sun aug 16
I lae in the haspital
mon aug 17
I lae in the haspital
tues aug 18
I lae in the haspital
wed aug 19
I was sent to the harewood (?) haspital..?..bed..?..
thurs aug 20
still I lae here in my bead
fri aug 21
still I lae here in my bead
sat aug 22
still I lae here in my bead
sun aug 23
still I lae here yet on my bed
mon aug 24
still I lae here yet on my bed
tues aug 25
still I lae here yet on my bed
wed aug 26
I lae here in my bed
thurs aug 27
I am getting up around
fri aug 28
I am on the gain
sat aug 29
I am on the gain
sun aug 30
I am git better unkle wilam and ant chat come to see me.
I did not expect to see hur
mon aug 31
we was musterd for pay to day
tues sept 1
the docter ..?..mind us and made out our suberist(?) list
wed sept 2
went to washington on apa..?..
thurs sept 3
I am on the gain sloly but ..?.. a comin up
fri sept 4
I keep on the gain sloly
sat sept 5
I am still on the gain but I have ...ched a little colde some ..?..
sun sept 6
I went over to fin..les hospital to see unkle bill and chat
mon sept 7
I am gainin sloly as well
tues sept 8
I went to see the head docter
sent home for 15 dolars
wed sept 9
unkle willam was in to see me last knite
thurs sept 10
I had a pas to go to washingtonto do some ..?...
fri sept 11
every thing is..?.. and I am a bout the same
sat sept 12
it is raney to day here
sun sept 13
went to meatin to day
sent monrow 5 dolars
mon sept 14
went to washington started for home
ben paid 26 dollars
tues sept 15
I am on my way home
wed sept 16
I got home to day went to grammas
thurs sept 17
went to harford
fri sept 18
it is wet and rainay and wet
sat sept 19
went to dryden
sun sept 20
went to meating
mon sept 21
it raind
tues sept 22
went to ithaca
wed sept 23
went to gorge swe..l.. ?
thurs sept 24
went to marts yates
fri sept 25
went to see the doctor
went to see gramma
sat sept 26
went to ..?..got a par of bots
sun sept 27
went to granpas ballards.
mon sept 28
staid at home
tues sept 29
went to dryden got a dres 2.65
wed sept 30
stade to home
thurs oct 1
stade home to day
flanel 1.50
fri oct 2
went to dryden
got a basom(?)
sat oct 3
stade to home
sun oct 4
went a chesnut up on the hill
mon oct 5
stade home to day
tues oct 6
tusday went to benge yates
wed oct 7
drawed buck wheat
thurs oct 8
helped thrash buck wheat
fri oct 9
help thrash in the fore noon
went to the ..?.. in the after noon
sat oct 10
help tinker
sun oct 11
went to owego
mon oct 12
went to new york
tues oct 13
went to washington hospital
wed oct 14
went to .. washington
thurs oct 15
went to the convelesent camp to elexandra
fri oct 16
went to washington Solders retreat
sat oct 17
started sadry nite for the convelesent camp, ohio
sun oct 18
we are on our way to ohio
mon oct 19
we got to belas
tues oct 20
we started for columbus
wed oct 21
we got to the convelesent camp ohio
thurs oct 22
started for Sanatus
fri oct 23
started from Sanatus it snoes to day
sat oct 24
we started from louisville
sun oct 25
we stade to nashvill
mon oct 26
we staid to nashvill
tues oct 27
we staid to Stevenson
wed oct 28
we got to bridgeport
got to our comp..g
thurs oct 29
it is plesent here to day
fri oct 30
it is rainng here to day
sat oct 31
started for the lookout mountin
sun nov 1
we are on our way for the lookout mountin
mon nov 2
we started for the lookout mountin
tues nov 3
we are on our way to the lookout mountin
wed nov 4
we are here to the look out mountin
thurs nov 5
I am on picket
fri nov 6
it is plesent to day
sat nov 7
I was on picket
sun nov 8
it is plesent here to day
mon nov 9
it is plesent and colde here to day
tues nov 10
I was on picket
wed nov 11
moved our camp
thurs nov 12
I was on flegnt(?) duty to day
fri nov 13
fixed my tent
sat nov 14
ben paid 26 dolars
sun nov 15
I was on picket
mon nov 16
finished our tent
tues nov 17
choped to day
wed nov 18
I choped to day
thurs nov 19
choped to day
fri nov 20
sent lida a ballard 20 dollars
sat nov 21
it is rainy and wet to day
sun nov 22
moved to ...atonoga
mon nov 23
made and a tact on thorebes(?)
tues nov 24
throded up brestworks
wed nov 25
went to mishingan rige throde up brest work
thurs nov 26
moved up the chatanoga
fri nov 27
it is rainy and wet to day
sat nov 28
we moved to golde ring
sun nov 29
moved to cleavend tenasee
mon nov 30
we moved to rice town
tues dec 1
we moved to charlston
wed dec 2
we moved to sweet watter
thurs dec 3
we moved to londton
fri dec 4
we made pontons brideg
sat dec 5
went to lays vill or not vill
2 pages erased
sat dec 12
moved to cha..
sun dec 13
lade in camp
mon dec 14
moved to cleavand
tues dec 15
laid in camp
wed dec 16
moved to chickanoga station
thurs dec17
moved to chatnoga
fri dec 18
it is cold and windy to day
enos cook dide to day
sat dec 19
it is clar and colde to day
sun dec 20
I went on gard
mon dec 21
fixed winter quarters
tues dec 22
fixt our tent
wed dec 23
worked on the road
thurs dec 24
we worked on the road
fri dec 25
we worked on the road
sat dec 26
we worked on the road in the rain
sun dec 27
it is wet and lowery to day
mon dec 28
we worked on the road a makin cordaroy
tues dec 29
we worked on the rode a makin cordaroy
wed dec 30
we worked on the road
thurs dec 31
I was ordly for the burneel(?)

 

1865

sun jan 1
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the weather is fine at Savana
mon jan2
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the weather is fine
tues jan3
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the wether is fine
wed jan 4
we lade in camp I fixed a box for curleol balach the weather is fine
thurs jan 5
we lade in camp I mad som tables this is fine weather
fri jan 6
we lade in camp doing mos nothing the wether is fin
sat jan 7
we lade in camp doing near nothing the wether is bad
sun jan 8
we lade in camp I fix some do... for curneal baluch(?) the wether is cold
mon jan 9
we lade in camp doing near nothing the weather is cold
tues jan 10
we lade in camp I helped move som things for capton maconal down to mrs umfris
it is rainy wether
wed jan 11
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the wether is bad
thurs jan 12
we lade in camp dooing near nothing
the wether is plesent
I turned in my horse on 12 jan 1865
fri jan 13
we lade in camp I fixed a desk for curneol armas(?)
the wether is colde
sat jan 14
we lade in camp I fixed a box for my self to send home
the wether is fine
sun jan 15
we lade in camp I went across in to South Carolina with the carts after rice
the wether is cold
mon jan 16
we lade in camp dooing near nothing
the wether is plesent
tues jan 17
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the wether is plesent
wed jan 18
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the wether is plesent
thurs jan 19
we had order to march. we moved a crost the Savana river acrost two pontoons and got stuck in the mud it a raining all the while
Whealors cavrely un damed the rise dams and over floode the hull cuntry
I went back the same night to my old quarter
fri jan 20
we was orded to go back to the sity it is rany wether
sat jan 21
we lade in camp I got a letter from ham and I ansord it it is rany wether
sun jan 22
we lade in camp doing near nothing it is dull wether
mon jan 23
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the wether is colde
tues jan 24
we lade in camp dooing near nothing the wether is fine
wed jan 25
we had orders to git on to the transports bfore five ocloc
thurs jan 26
we moved up the savana river about thirty miles the wether is cold
fri jan 27
we moved about wone mile put up headquarters the wether is cold
sat jan 28
we moved about twelve miles the wether is cold
sun jan 29
we moved about 10 miles to roberts vill the wether is cold
mon jan 30
we lade in camp we went out on aforiage the wether is plesent
tues jan 31
we lade in camp went out on a foriegn expidishon got aplenty of ever thing
the wether is fine
wed feb 1
we lade in camp had order to move but was counterd manded
the wether is fine
thurs feb 2
we moved about fifteen miles had a little skirmish to lawton ville
the wether is fine
fri feb 3
we moved about leven miles the wether is plesent
sat feb 4
we moved to a town of twelve miles the wether is cold
sun feb 5
we moved about fifteen miles to buford bridge the wether is cold
mon feb 6
we moved about thirteen miles the wether is plesent
tues feb 7
we moved about nine miles to the hasliton and agusta rale road
the wether is plesent
wed feb 8
we moved to graoms stashton the wether is cold
thurs feb 9
we moved to black ville about ten miles spit snowe a little our headquarters trane come up and the second divison gained the corps the wether is cold
fri feb 10
we lade in camp in blaks ville robertson and john Spenser was sent to ther reigements
the wether is cold
sat feb 11
we moved about ten miles the wether is plesent
sun feb 12
we moved about twelve miles we had a little skirmish with the Jones
i run into a squoad of about twenty of them the wether is plesent
mon feb 13
we moved about ten miles & captured to horeses the wether is plesent
we moved over the river
tues feb 14
we moved about eight miles run into the Janes the wether is plesent
wed feb 15
we moved about fifteen miles skirmished a little the wether is plesent
thurs feb 16
we moved about forteen miles the wether is plesent
fri feb 17
we moved about 8 miles down to the clomba river I saw the town
the wether is plesent
sat feb 18
we moved a crost the river about 5 miles the wether is cold
sun feb 19
we moved about five miels to the brod river the wether is colde
mon feb 20
we move about thirteen miles a crost the river the wether is colde
tues feb 21
we moved to wins burouh about fifteen miles the wether is cold
wed feb 22
we moved to the river about 20 miles the wether is fine
thurs feb 23
we moved acrost the river about five miles the wether is wet
fri feb 24
we moved about five miles the wether is rainay
sat feb 25
we lade in camp it is rany to day
sun feb 26
we moved about twelve miles it is rainy wether
mon feb 27
we lade in camp in the fornoon moved about five miles in the afternoon and I was sent to my company it is rainy wet wether
tues feb 28
we moved about seven miles it is wet and mudy wether
wed mar 1
we moved about ten miles it is nasty wether
thurs mar 2
we moved about ten miles bilt a bridge it is rainy
fri mar 3
we moved about twelve miles to chester cost...house
it is lousy wether
sat mar 4
we moved about ten miles the wether is plesent
sun mar 5
we moved about wone mile went in to for the rest of the rest of the day
the wether is plesent
mon mar 6
we moved about ten miles to cheraw and crost the grate pedee river
the wether is very fine
tues mar 7
we moved about fifteen miles to the railrode the wether is wet
wed mar 8
we moved about ten miles the wether is wet and rainy
thurs mar 9
we moved about eight miles it was raining all the while hard
fri mar 10
we crost the little pide river and went about eight miles it cleered of
sat mar 11
we moved about ten miles crost a river the wether is fine
sun mar 12
we moved about fifteen miles to the town of favits (?) whare we sent some male
the wether is plesent
mon mar 13
we crost the river capefiere whare our gunbots cumb up went about three miles
the wether is fine
tues mar 14
we lad in camp to day we got the news that Richmon(d?) was avacuated I rote a letter to
hanah swelland (?) the wether is fine
wed mar 15
we marched about ten miles in the mud all night it rany and mudy
thurs mar 16
we moved about eight miles crost the blac(?) river the wether is wet and rainy
we had a rite hard fite at the little black river
fri mar 17
we lad in camp the wether is fine
sat mar 18
we moved about six miles the wether is plesent
sun mar 19
we moved twelve miles had a fite with hardee johnson boughard
the wether is fine
mon mar 20
we moved a mile went in to camp fortifide for a calvery charge
then in the afternoon we moved about six miles the wether is fine
tues mar 21
we moved about six miles had reinforsements com to us
the wether is raney
wed mar 22
we moved about nine miles the wether is fine
thurs mar 23
we lade in camp the wether is windy
fri mar 24
we lade in camp the wether is windy
sat mar 25
we moved about seven miles thrue the town of golds burough and on the town too miles
the wether is fine
sun mar 26
we moved about wone mile and a half went in to camp is fine
mon mar 27
we fixed our tent fixed a stable for four(?) kins
we got male I got a papre from home from mis loumos
the wether is fine
tues mar 28
we went in the cuntry for forigon all night the wether is plesent
wed mar 29
we started for camp got in about two clock the wether thretining rain
thurs mar 30
we fixed a tent for shimas
I restived a letter from home and wone from wilam balard
I sent a letter to willam balard & sent a letter home
the wether is rany
fri mar 31
I fixed a postofis and help fixed a store house for shineges(?)
the wether is fine
sat apr 1
we lade in camp the wether is fine
sun apr 2
we lade in camp the wether is very fine
mon apr 3
we lad in camp this is fine wether
tues apr 4
we hung axes for captin chineges the wether is fine
wed apr 5
we hung axes for captin shinigr
the wether is fine
thurs apr 6
I fixed some wagins bowes for the core supplye trane the wether is fine
we got the news that we have got richmon
fri apr 7
we hade inspetion I wrote a letter to mister marsh the wether is fine
sat apr 8
I helped put in wagins boes the wether is fine
sun apr 9
we lade in camp the wether is fine
mon apr 10
we hade orders to strike camp and moved about five miles in the mud all nite
the wether is bad
tues apr 11
we moved about seven miles the wether is bad
wed apr 12
we moved about twelve miles thrue Smithe field on muse river we crost it
we got the newes that old lea and all of his feosses(?) surendred
the wether is very hot
thurs apr 13
we moved throw the town of Slaton ten miles the wether is fine
fri apr 14
we moved in to the town of rally the wether is fine
sat apr 15
we lade in camp the wether is wet
sun apr 16
we lade in camp the wether is fine
mon apr 17
we lade in camp the wether is fine
tues apr 18
we lade in camp the wether is fine we moved over to town fixed a ofis for Shinesg
the wether is fine
wed apr 19
we lade in camp put up a tent for Shinegus forns skafang(?)
the wether is fine we heard that the war is over
thurs apr 20
we lade in camp I rote a letter home the wether is fine
fri apr 21
we lade in camp it is wet and rainy
sat apr 22
we lade in camp to day the wether is fine
sun apr 23
we lade in camp the wether is fine
mon apr 24
we lade in camp the wether is fine
tues apr 25
we moved on to johnson we moved about 12 miles
the wether is fine
wed apr 26
we lade in camp the wether is very warme
thurs apr 27
we laid in camp the fore noon had orders to move back to raly
fri apr 28
we lade in camp I went over to see my regemint the wether is fine
sat apr 29
we had our camp equipedg condemed the wether is fine
sun apr 30
we started for home we moved about fifteen miles to nose river
the wether is fine
mon may 1
we moved to h(?)are river about twenty miles the wether is fine
tues may 2
we moved about twenty seven miles it is fine weather
wed may 3
we moved about thirty miles we crost the ronoak river teas...?.. ..?..ary
the wether is fine
thurs may 4
we moved about twenty three miles to and crost the river of maharan river
the wether is fine
fri may 5
we moved about seventeen miles and crost the big motaway river
the wether is fine
sat may 6
we moved about seventeen miles and crost the little notoway river the wether is fine
sun may 7
we moved about fifteen miles we crost the appomatic river the wether is fine
camped at the coal mines at clovear hill
mon may 8
we moved about sixteen miles to fallin water the wether is fine
tues may 9
we moved about ten miles we marched thrue manchester and crost the James river and thrue the sitty of richmon
the wether is rainy
wed may 10
we lade in camp about five miles from town the wether is fine
thurs may 11
we lade in camp all day the wether is fine
we had a heavy thundr showr to nite
fri may 12
we crost the chickahomina crick the town of ashland south an rivear it all makin about fifteen miles
the weather is fine
sat may 13
we crost little river and little rivear(?) and march about fifteen miles to the north ann river
the wether is fine
sun may 14
we moved about fifteen miles to spotselvana coartes house the wether is fine
mon may 15
we marched on the old chansville battle gground and crost the rapanah river
the weather is fine
tues may 16
we moved about five miles tordes catle(?) station the wether is fine
we past the golde mines
wed may 17
we moved about fifteen miles to brints(?) stashion the wether is fine
thurs may 18
we moved about fifteen miles we crost the bull run crick
we camped at farfax the wether is rany
fri may 19
we moved down in site of alaxandra the wether is fine
sat may 20
we lade in camp i got a letter from home the weather is wet and rainy
I wrote a letter home
sun may 21
we lade in camp the wether is weat and rany
mon may 22
I got a letter from mister M marsh we lade in camp the weather is very hot
tues may 23
I went to the town of alaxandra the weather is fine
the army of the potomac is reviewed to day
wed may 24
the army of the weast was reviewed today we crost the patomac and went in to camp fore miles
on the other side of town the weather is fine
thurs may 25
we fixed up quarters the weather is fine
fri may 26
I went to washington the weather is wet and rainy
sat may 27
we fixed some desks and made some tables to head quarters
the weather is wet and rainy
sun may 28
we made two tables & two benches for the adgen generels ofice
the weather is fine
mon may 29
we made a lot more tables and benches for head quartears
the weather is fine
tues may 30
we lade in camp the weather is fine
wed may 31
we lade in camp the weather is fine
thurs june 1
I went up to my reagement the weather is fine
fri june 2
we lade in camp the weather is fine and hot
sat june 3
we made alot of benches and tables for head quarters
the weather is very warm
sun june 4
we lade in camp the weather is warm
mon june 5
we lade in camp the weather is warme
tues june 6
we lade in camp the weather is warm
wed june 7
we lade in camp the weather is fine
thurs june 8
I went to my reigement and reporeted for duty
it is very warm
fri june 9
we moved down on the uper end of 14 street in washington
it is very warm
sat june 10
we fixed up our camp it raned a little
sun june 11
we lade in camp the weather is fine and warm
mon june 12
I got a pas and I and dave nash went over to balys crose rodes to see gust marsh and leutenant trusdel
it is very warm I expresed a chel(?) of cloth home
tues june 13
I went back to our camp it is wet and rany
wed june 14
I rote a letter home &sent rill a d..bell for the shal that i exprest home and ten dollars
in mony in a letter it is a weat and rany after noon
thurs june 15
I lade in camp the weather is fine I blade ball
fri june 16
I blade ball the weather is fine
sat june 17
I was on duty on garde at the head quarters the weather is fine
sun june 18
we lade in camp the weather is fine
mon june 19
we had generel inspection we had a nise thunder shour in the afternoon
tues june 20
we lade in camp it is wett and rany wether
wed june 21
we lade in camp we had dres perade the wether is fine
Martha is too years old
thurs june 22
we moved a crost the potomac near the semenery I got a letter from rill
we had som hot and sulfery shours
fri june 23
we moved camp about fifty yards the weather is very warm I was on garde
sat june 24
I was on fatigue duty it is very warm weather
I roat a letter to mister monroh marsh
sun june 25
we lade in camp we got eight monts pay of $111.25
the weather is rather warm
mon june 26
we lade in camp we had a nise cool shour
tues june 27
we lade in camp the weather is fine I reseaved a letter from rill dated the first of may
wed june 28
we had a generel ..?.. the weather is fine
thurs june 29
I was on fatigue duty the weather is fine
fri june 30
we mustered for pay we had a nise little shour
sat july 1
we lade in camp we hade a nise thunder shower in the afternoon
sun july 2
we had sundy inspection the weather is cool and nise
mon july 3
we had a grate torch lite poshen(?) in the evening the weather is fine
tues july 4
we held the ..?.. the weather is fine
wed july 5
we lade in camp the weather is fine
thurs july 6
we lade in camp the weather is fine
I read the news in the paper that the 143 reigement was to be mustered out
fri july 7
we lade in camp the wind dos blow up cool and nise
sat july 8
I was on duty at brigades head quarters the weather is fine
sun july 9
we had dres perade the weather is fine
mon july 10
we lade in camp the weather is fine I hade my fortune tolde
tues july 11
we lade in camp
I sined over six dolars for a us spring field musket
wed july 12
we lade in camp the weather is fine
thurs july 13
I was on duty lime joiner was over to see me
fri july 14
we lade in camp the weather is fine
sat july 15
we lade in camp the weather is fine
sun july 16
we lade in camp the weather is wett and rainy
mon july 17
we lade in camp the weather is fine
tues july 18
we lade in camp the weather is fine
wed july 19
the weather is fine we lade in camp
thurs july 20
we was mustered out of the US servis this afternoon
I was take down with the chill feaver this morning
fri july 21
we lade in camp the weather is fine I am gitin better
sat july 22
we started for new york ..?.. at three in the morning we took the bot at .. ? ..dry at seven
we took the cars at washington at nine oclock I saw capt truseal(?) we changed cars at baltimore got diner there we got to ..?.. at midnight took super ( three lines erased)
sun july 23
we started for new york we got thare at noon
I was put on gard over the baggage at Jersey sity
mon july 24
we moved the baggage a crost to new york
we started at hartsils(?) and got thare in the night
tues july 25
we lae here in the barax we hade a nise little shour
wed july 26
we lade in the barax the weather is fine tho some windy
thurs july 27
we have ben pade of (f) and got our discharges we took the two oclock boat went to new york
fri july 28
I went over to new york and got me som things & then started for middletown
I stade in midletown over knite
sat july 29
I started and went up to see mister marsh I found the foalkes well
sun july 30
I stayed with mister marsh all day the weather is fine
mon july 31
I stayed with mister marsh till fore oclock then started for home
I got to biningham fore oclock in the morning
tues aug 1
I started from bininghamton for cortland I left thare for home at five oclock
I meat my foalks a little from town got home at sundown
wed aug 2
I went up to limon Jiame in the morning I went up and stoped with gorge mysler wasne(sp?)
and rill sister is out & dick and granmaw was up to see me
thurs aug 3
I got a horse and bugy of(f) gorge & we went to the vilage got some grocerys
fri aug 4
we went up to gramaws rumer and the other road a visiting
sat aug 5
I went to dryden got some groserys a lamp
sun aug 6
we all hands up to granmaw ballard
mon aug 7
I comenst work for my folks for 20 dolars a month I cradled oats in the fore noon
helped git in hay in the after noon
tues aug 8
I mowed a little in the fore noon and then cradled and got in hay
wed aug 9
mowed in the morning then raked oats helped git in some hay lest nite
thurs aug 10
I worked in the oats in the forenoon and in the afternoon I went with paw
to dryden it raned all the after noon
fri aug 11
I helped make a bolster it was a nasty wett rany day
sat aug 12
I cradled oats and the weather cleard of(f)
sun aug 13
I went up in the holer to meetain david willcocks preached I rote a letter to mister marsh in the after noon and went up to gorges
mon aug 14
I worked in the oats
tues aug 15
I made in the fore noon and in the after noon I got up oats
wed aug 16
I went to dryden and bot me a bugy then we went to groton and bot a cleanes
and in the after noon we come back and got up oats
thurs aug 17
I went to merithon & lost this days work
fri aug 18
I cradled oats up on the other plase
sat aug 19
I helped git up some hay
sun aug 20
I went up in the holer to meeting
mon aug 21
I helped saw wood down back of the house by the crick
I went up in the holow and baut a colt of(f) malisa culver for won hundred and seinty five dolars
tues aug 22
went to groton and got our thrashing mashin
wed aug 23
we drad up wood to saw with the bus saw sawed wood
thurs aug 24
we sad wood thrashed
fri aug 25
we thrashed for anisy witeanson
sat aug 26
we thrashed for mister tanter thrashed for mister hemony
sun aug 27
I went up on the hill and got my colt and turned it in with paws
mon aug 28
we thrashed
tues aug 29
we thrashed
wed aug 30
we thrashed
thurs aug 31
we thrashed
fri sept 1
we thrashed
sat sept 2
we thrashed
sun sept 3
I went up on the hill and brot my colt home I and gorge went up to see dick
mon sept 4
we thrashed I came home at night sick
tues sept 5
I went to dryden to see mntgomry
pa let me have tenn dolars in mony
wed sept 6
I went to the funriel
thurs sept 7
we thrashed up to holdins
fri sept 8
we thrashed
sat sept 9
I helped git some logs out of the crick in the fore noon & in the after noon we went to richford and bout me a wone horse harnis
pa paid thirty dolars in (page torn)
sun sept 10
I stade to home
mon sept 11
we thrashed
tues sept 12
we thrashed
wed sept 13
we thrashed
thurs sept 14
we thrashed
fri sept 15
we thrashed
sat sept 16
I went to dryden with a load of wod I used ten dolars of paws money
we settled up with mart
sun sept 17
I stade to home
mon sept 18
I went after the old sorle horse over in virgle and fitted my coalt
tues sept 19
we thrashed to edmons
wed sept 20
I come home and cut buckwheat
thurs sept 21
I finished cutin buckwheat
fri sept22
helped mister yates thrash pa let me have five dolars and a half in mony
sat sept 23
helped filop norwood thrash
sun sept 24
I stade to home
mon sept 25
I went to the sirkos
tues sept 26
I thrashed to steav carpanders
wed sept 27
I thrashed to gorge culvers
thurs sept 28
I went to the fair
fri sept 29
I went to the fair
sat sept 30
I thrashed to home
sun oct 1
I went over to andrues parkers a visitn
mon oct 2
I thrashed to day
tues oct 3
I stade at home I cut up corn
wed oct 4
I sold mister triseel som lumber
thurs oct 5
I cut up corn
fri oct 6
I thrashed to day in the after noon cut up corn in the fore noon
sat oct 7
I thrash to day
sun oct 8
I went up and seen limon joiner
mon oct 9
I thrashed to mister ables with my colt
tues oct 10
I thrashed with my colt
wed oct 11
we thrashed with my colt
thurs oct 12
we thrashed with my colt
fri oct 13
we thrashed with my colt
sat oct 14
I dug potatos
sun oct 15
I stade to home
mon oct 16
we thrashed to mulkses with my colt
tues oct 17
we thrashed today with my colt
wed oct 18
I went over to motvill after our cloth
thurs oct 19
I drawed out monuer
fri oct 20
we went up to mister sheldons and thrashed with my colt
sat oct 21
I helped run out the line be tween us and ant pat in the fore noon and in the afternoon I drod wood to dryden
sun oct 22
I went up in the holer to meatean
mon oct 23
we thrashed to sheldins with my colt
tues oct 24
we thrashed with my colt
wed oct 25
we thrashed with my colt
thurs oct 26
we thrashed with my colt
fri oct 27
it raind we come home I went and bot me a pair of new boots
I went up to granmas with.. ( page torn)
sat oct 28
we choped and loged I baut a bunet of(f) evelin bucklin for rill
sun oct 29
I went to meating to babcock holer and I went up to see unkle bill ballard
mon oct 30
we thrashed for wider willcocks with my colt
tues oct 31
it rained we loged
wed nov 1
we loged
thurs nov 2
I plowed
fri nov 3
I plowed
sat nov 4
I plowed in the fore noon husked corn in the after noon
sun nov 5
I stade to home to day
mon nov 6
we fixed and sawed wood for ourselves to day
tues nov 7
we went to dryden to the lection I drawed wood to dryden
wed nov 8
we sawed wod to day
thurs nov 9
I drawed wood to dryden
fri nov 10
I drawed in corn and plowed in the forenoon and in the afternoon I went to dryden with wood
sat nov 11
we drawed wood to dryden sa..?.. with my colt in the afternoon
sun nov 12
we went up to unkle nelsons a..?..sint
mon nov 13
we sawed wood for ant poly purvis
tues nov 14
we sawed wood four our selvs
wed nov 15
we sawed wood for our selvs in th four noon and I plowed with my colt in the after noon
thurs nov 16
I plowed in the four noon and draged in the after noon with my colt
fri nov 17
we drawed stone with my colt
sat nov 18
we all hans went to ...achy to trade
sun nov 19
I stade to home and rote some letters
mon nov 20
I split up wood in the after noon and in after noon I and dave counted the rales and set up
tues nov 21
I husked corn
wed nov 22
I husked corn
thurs nov 23
I husked corn
fri nov 24
I husked corn
sat nov 25
I husked corn
sun nov 26
I went up in the holer to meatin
mon nov 27
I went and geatherd in the thrashen bill eadmons
tues nov 28
we dug out stone
wed nov 29
we made fense
thurs nov 30
we thrashed with my coalt
fri dec 1
we thrashed with my colt
sat dec 2
we drawed wood to dryden
sun dec 3
I went uot to see gustus he was not to home
mon dec 4
we thrashed with my colt
tues dec 5
I sawed wood up to steave carpenders
wed dec 6
I sawed wood up to steaven carpenders
thurs dec 7
I sawed wood up to steave carpenders with my colt
fri dec 8
I sawed wood up to steave carpenders with my colt
sat dec 9
I sawed wood up to john carpenders with my colt
sun dec 10
I stade to home
mon dec 11
we went up to mister carpenders after the mashean
tues dec 12
I drawed wood to dryden
wed dec 13
I drawed logs for gorge to saw
thurs dec 14
I plowed to day
fri dec 15
I helped gorg sweetland saw wood in the after noon
and in the after noon I made a bolster
sat dec 16
I helped gorge sweetland saw wood
sun dec 17
I stade to home
mon dec 18
I went out to dryden and had some teath pulled
and went up to miss cook and had a dress cut
tues dec 19
helped saw wood
wed dec 20
gumed saws in the fore noon in the after noon went up to mister benorns with the thrashing mashen
thurs dec 21
we come home and husked corn
fri dec 22
I went to harford and got a bobsled and had som teaths pulled
in the after noon drawed wood to dryden
sat dec 23
I drawed wood to dryden got my colt shod & sharpend up
sun dec 24
I went up to granmaws rumer and got levis bu...
mon dec 25
I thrashed with my colt up to benoms
tues dec 26
I sawed wood with my colt
wed dec 27
I sawed wood with my colt
thurs dec 28
we thrashed with my colt came home in the after noon it stormed
fri dec 29
I sawed wood
sat dec 30
I sawed wood
sun dec 31
I stade to home and fixed my bu...

 

memoranda

wone colse revolver numbered 21395 calaber .36

samuel h burbank & cow south east of fulton and bradway ... (page torn)

I have made a grement with my foalks for to borde rite in with them and work for twenty dolars a month comens... august ... (page torn)

Edward w bearns warsaw wyoming coming to ny

John F strong grensprings ceneca co ohio

hirume H m... (page torn)

my lost time 1/2 days

went to my 1 day

I was sick 1 day

went funerel 1/2 day

went showe 1 day

went fair 1 day

went fair 1 day

went meatin 1 day

had... (page torn)

 

 

 

 


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Kenneth Jennings Wooster
27 Abdallah Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045-3302
(607) 753-3558
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