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Diary of Civil War Soldier Uriah S. Beechly
(originally spelt "Beeghly")
Donated by descendant Marvin Beechly, ©2005
25 killed & died in Co F 34 Ill
(32 something unreadable)
32 mustered out
U S Beechly
Co F 34th
Ills. V. V.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 1865.
In Camp, Inspection at 9 A.M.Eating Oysters & having a good Time. Sold my ring for 1 dol. Slacked arms on the color line at 5 P.M. Times good. Weather Clear & Cool
Reveille at 6 A.M. After breakfast I went to the Roundhouse at Savannah and got a piece of iron for an arch in a fireplace Raised our tent & built a fireplace bought a pack of Envelopes for 60 cts. Times good. Weather fair.
Reveille & Rollcall at 6 A.M. Cleaned up the Street & our tent this A.M.Went to City this P.M. bought articles to the amt. of 4 75/100 Dols Times good. Weather fair & warm
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 1865.
Reveille at 5 A.M. Started out on a guard Detail went 8 miles from Camp on the Coast R.R. to guard Cattle Co. A & F on Picket Co. F at the Potter farm on the Savannah river Some Cang. N.E. of us Times good. Weather fair & hot
Went up to the upper mill Seen a negro 80 years old & a native of Africa also a negress 100 ys. old. Relieved at 12.30 went to the lower mill & Stoped 1 hour & then went to Camp arriving at Camp at 4 P.M. Times lively. Weather fair & warm
Reveille at 6 A.M. Looked over Some papers And wrote a letter to M. A. Myers nothing going on. Times as usual. Weather variable will rain
SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 1865.
Reveille at the usual hour On a detail. Went to Potters farm got there at 11:30 A.M. Calked a boat & Launched it but it leaked So that we could not use it Started to Camp 1 hour by Sun got in at 6:30 P.M. Times good. Weather Cool & windy
In Camp Roll Call at the usual hour. Cleared my gun for Inspection which came off at 9 A.M. Stacked our guns on the Color line After inspection got up Some wood. Nothing going on worthy of note. Times as usual. Weather Cloudy with a Cold wind
Reveille at 5 A.M. went to work on the fortifications at the City Commenced work at 8 A.M. Went to City in P.M. Bought rice for 2 $ & bread for & 1. Started home at 4 P.M. I was in the Cemetry Times good. Weather Cloudy with rain
TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1865.
In Camp Reveille at the usual hour Nothing going on. Times as usual Recd 5-0 cts from D Cole. Weather Dark Dismal and very heavy rain
In Camp Roll call at the usual hour Drew Clothing I drew 15 - 04/100 Dols Worth Bought A gold pen for $3. Times Lively. Weather Cloudy & cool.
Reveille at the usual hour Started to move Camp at 9 A.M. at the City on fatigue put up our tent & built a fine place & Some bunks Times good bought a Silver ring for 3 Dols. Sold pens & holder for 20 cts. Weather fair & warm
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 1865.
In Camp & on fatigue Put up our Bunks so (?) Nothing going one except fixing up our New Camp Times As usual gnab (?) rice & coffee. Weather fair and warm.
In Camp got Some moss for a bed and some wood went to City and bought a diary & can of peaches & some corn bread Times good ec (?) gallion Came to the Co. Weather fair & Clear
Sundays roll call at 5 A.M. Went to work on the fortifications at 6:45 A.M. Worked 4 hours & then quit went to City in the evening to Church Times good. Weather fair & warm
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 1865.
In Camp wrote two letters & got my shirt & pants washed got orders to march Sent my old diary home Posted my new diary Times good. Weather fair & warm
In Camp on fatigue Drew rations Renched my back got orders to leave on a raid every thing going on right every one in town was examined by the board of Surgeons in regard to my back. Times good & lively. Weather Fair & warm
Roll call at the usual hour reported to the Dr and got Some linament for my back Seen Bill Clayter xe. (?) Went to City in the afternoon got the news that Ft Fisher is taken with 76 guns & 1780 prisoners. Times lively. Weather fair & warm.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 1865.
In Camp Regiment went on picket at 8 A.M. I was excused by the Dr. on account of my back there was a Salute of 38 guns fired in honor of late victories Report current that Wilmington & Charleston are taken. Times good. Weather Cloudy & very rainy
Left Savannah at 10 AM. on an other campaign Started up the Ga. Central R.R. Went 8 miles & then went into Camp for the night J Choats on a Detail as pioneer (maybe prisoner ?) rail came in but nothing for Co F. Times pretty rough, Weather Cloudy with very heavy rain all day.
In Camp, eight miles from Savannah Received a letter from S. N. (?) Miller Nothing going on. Times dull. Weather Dark gloomy and heavy rain nearly all day. Report that Jno Fletcher is dead
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 1865.
In Camp eight miles N. W. of Savannah Nothing going on. Wrote two letters one to Sam'l. M. (or N.) Miller & the other to Bruce & Preston Washington DC. Times rather gloomy .Weather A.M. Cloudy P.M. cloudy with rain
In the Same old mud hole or camp yet nothing going on every thing quiet Sent the mail off Official reports of Fort Fisher 72 cannon and 2500 prisoners Yankee Colburn returned to Co A & Luient Fuller to Co I. Times good. Weather Variable
In Camp at the eight mile post on the Lousville road. Nothing going on Cleaned my gun. All quiet in front. Times as usual. Weather clear but rather cool wind.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 1865.
Started on the march at 7 A.M. Marching on the LouisvilleRoad toward Springfield Marched about 16 miles & then went into camp for the night. Sold my Ring to J B Taylor for $5- next pay day Times good. Weather fair but cold. Roads pretty good
Reveille at 5 A.M. marched at 7.30 2nd Brigd in the rear Went into camp at 4 P.M. At Springfield 3rd Brigd had a skirmish with the Rebs Drew three days rations Times good. Weather fair but cold Roads pretty bad
Reveille at 5 A.M. marched at 7 A.M. After marching 2 ½ miles we had to wade the Ebineezer river about 150 yds. wide the water being very cold & from 2 to 3 feet deep. After crossing we marched 2 ½ miles & went into camp for the night. Times good. Weather clear but cold. Ice1 inch thick. Roads good
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 1865.
Reveille at 5.30 A.M. and marched at 8 A.M. 2nd Brigd. in the lead Went into camp 2 miles above Sisters Ferry Nothing going on worthy of note. Times good. Weather fair but cold. Roads good
Reveille at the usual hour cut some wood & got it up ground the Morgan axe Fletcher went out to forrage & got Some beef. Times as usual. Weather fair & warm
Reveille at the usual hour nothing going on got Some wood up & after supper I went to the 92 Ills. had a good time in general Dike Johnson got mustered out of the Service. Times good. Weather fair & warm
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1865.
In Camp at the Ferry (crossing?) Dike Johnson Started home this morning Uggalion (?) was here Some of our boys were over with the 92 Ills Some of them were here Co D came back to the Regt this PM washed my shirt & drawers & went for beef. Weather fair & warm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Went down to the Ferry this A M. Seen Gens. Slocum Davis & Beard. Two boats came in while I was at the river. Got back to Camp at 12 M. Some of the 92 Ills here. Times lively. Weather fair & quite hot. Some cand-ng up the river Savannah
Reveille at the usual hour I was detailed to go for beef Mail Came in I got 4 letters and a photograph also 1 paper & a package nothing going on otherwise. Boys all feel well. Times good. Weather cloudy but quite warm
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1865.
Reveille at the usual hour In Camp Wrote a letter to M. B. Y. nothing going on Times as usual. Weather cloudy with Some rain got up Some wood
Reveille at the usual hour after Breakfast cleaned our guns (two letters?) Regt-mtl Inspection at 3 P.M. got order to be ready to march (same two letters thought to be crossing?) mail came in. Times good. Weather A.M. cloudy with Some rain PM Clear & hot
Reveille at the usual hour got orders to march at 1 P.M. But the 34" went on picket to cover the crossing of the troops & train J Veinness (?) killed a Sheep for Supper. 6 men Detailed for foragers. Times good. Weather AM Some rain P.M. Clear & hot
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1865.
On picket troops all across the river except our Regt. & 5 Cos. of the 59th Ind. Passed away the time reading novels. Times dull & gloomy. Weather cold & rainy
On picket reading novels to pass away time 5 men & two non commish went down to the river to guard the road crossed the river at 10 P.M. Drew clothing and received mail recd 1 letter from T Billmire & 1 from Caty Beechly. Times dull. Weather Cool & rainy
Reveile at 5 AM marched at 7 Stoped at 10 AM and built Some Corduroy road Went into Camp at 3 Oclock in the afternoon at Milford 7 miles from Sisters Ferry. Times good. Weather Warm & cloudy
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1865.
Reveile at 5 A.M. marched at 7 marched 12 miles and then took dinner Started at 1 PM & marched 11 miles & went into Camp for the night at 5 P.M. Times good with plenty of Sweet potatoes. Weather Variable & cold
Reveille at 5 A.M. marched at 7 A.M. our Brigd train guard got into Camp at dark Passed Reb. Gen. Green & plantation & the Widelow (?) Irvin's also the Irvington Mills Times good forrage plenty. Weather fair & warm. marched 20 miles
Reveille at the usual hour marched at 6.30 A.M. marched 5 miles & then layed over about 3 hours Started again at 1 P.M. & marched through Barnwell at 3.43 P.M. Went into Camp at 5 P.M. 4 miles from town Times good. Weather fair & warm marched 12 miles
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1865.
Reveille at the usual hour marched at 6.30 A.M. 34th Liis leading the Division fixed Some road a.m. passed through Williston on the Charleston & Augusta rail Road at 10:30 A.M. recd 1 20' for dinner Went into Camp at the South Edisto River marched 17 miles Weather fair.
Got up at 7 A.M. Started on the march at 11 A.M. 2nd Brigd. in the rear of the Div Crossed the South Edisto river & marched about 7 miles & then went into Camp for the night. Drew 1 days Rations. Weather fair but cold
Roll call at 4 A.M. marched at 6 A.M. Crossed the North Edisto river at 10.30 A.M. Stoped at the river for dinner Started out at 1 P.M. & marched 10 miles Camped within 18 miles of Columbia S.C. marched 19 miles. Weather rainy Some candng on our right
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1865.
Reveille at 5 A.M. marched at 7.30 Started back & took a right hand road Some skirmishing with Wheelers Cavalry Stoped 40' for dinner marched 18 miles & then went into Camp near Lexington for the night. Weather cloudy & warm
Reveille at 4 A.M. marched at 6 A.M. Went through Lexington S.C. at 8 A.M. marched 8 miles & went into Camp for dinner & then countermarched 4 miles & went into Camp for the night. Some cdng & musketry. Weather fair & hot marched 14 miles
Reveille at 4 A.M. marched at 6 A.M. Crossed the Saluda river at 8 A.M. Stoped 1 hour for dinner marched again at 1 P.M. Went into camp for the night within 1 mile of Broad river. captured Some horses & mules. Weather very pleasant & warm marched 18 miles. Columbia ocupied by the yanks
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1865.
Reveille at the usual hour Crosssed Broad river at 7.30 A.M. Went foraging captured 2 Rebs also a lot of horses and mules 2 of Co. As boys captured Comp A & F Went out on a Scout Brgd moved out on the line & fortified Rebs crossing above us. marched Some 8 miles. Weather is fair
Reville at 5 A.M. marched at 7 A.M. marched 3 miles & then went into Camp Went down on the R.R. & burned it. It being 4 miles. Nothing going on marched 11 miles this day. Weather fair & warm
Reveille at 5 AM marched at 7 am rear of the whole train Went into Camp at 1 P.M. Went back after Sweet potatoes & corn marched 6 miles Times good. Weather fair & very hot. Roads hilly
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1865.
Reveille at 5 AM marched at 10 A.M. marched within 5 miles of Winnsborro & then countermarched & took a left hand road Went into Camp for the night at 5 P.M. the left Wing & Co A in picket Times good. Weather fair & hot m. 14 ms
Reveille at 4 A.M. marched at 6 A.M. Struck the S.C. Central R.R. at Winsborro left the R.R. at White oak Station & took the Camden road. Went into Camp for the night at 1 P.M. Weather cloudy & cool marched 8 miles
Reveille at 5 A.M. Started to march at 8 A.M. train guard got into Camp at 9 P.M. Roads bad and Weather Rainy. H Clark Came back yesterday. marched 10 miles
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1865.
Reveille at 5 AM marched at 7 A.M. Crossed over the Wateree River & went up a large hill Fixed Some road Roads bad. Weather Rainy. Marched 4 miles one man killed in the 13th (maybe 113th?) Ohio
Went out to build Corduroy Road at 6 A.M. Went back to the big hill at the Wateree River Regt. lying in Camp Went back to Camp at noon. Roads very bad. Weather Rainy (?)
Reveille at 4 A.M. Regt went out on fatigue to build road I got my shoe mended (?) Foragers came in. Weather AM cloudy P.M. Clear & hot
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1865.
Reveille at 5 AM In Camp nothing going on Worthy of note. Times dull. Weather Cloudy with rain
Reveille at 5 A.M. marched at 12 M. Fixed Road (?) Marched 6 miles & then went into Camp for the night. Times Dull. had a chill. Roads very muddy. Weather Cloudy with Some rain. Drew 1 days Rations to last ten 251 miles from Savannah (last part written in pencil/same author)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
Reveille at 4 A.M. marched at 6 A.M. had the cramp in my stomach went back to the ambulance & rode in it. Stoped 1 hour for dinner. Times dull. Roads bad. Weather cool & cloudy with a little Rain. marched 22 miles
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 1865.
Reveille at 5 marched at 7 A.M. Train guard With the Supply train. Drove team a while. Went into Camp at 7 P.M. Weather rainy. Roads bad. marched 12 miles
Reveille at 4 marched at 6 AM Stoped 40' for dinner. Roads Sandy. Went through Tarahaw. Weather Rainy. Times good. marched 18 miles
Reveille at 4 marched at 6 AM. Crossed over into North Carolina at 8 A.M. into Ansere Co. Stoped 1 hour for dinner Crossed back into South Carolina again at 2 P.M. Lincoln and Johnson Inaugurated. Went into Camp on the great Pedee at P.M. Weather Rainy. marched 16 miles
SUNDAY, MARCH5, 1865.
Lying in Camp 9 miles above Cheraw close to the N.C. line Some Cdng on our right. Washed my clothes. Co D had a fight Fisticuff Bill Lone was knocked down three times commenced to put in the Bridge. Weather fair but Cool.
Got up to breakfast after daylight. Seen highreim Edmonds of the 92nd Ills. Putting in the Pontoons nothing going on. heard a heavy Explosion down the river. Times as usual. Weather cloudy & cool
In Camp Struck tents at 12 M. Crossed the great Pedee at 7.30 PM nine miles above Cheraw marched two miles & went into camp. Weather fair & warm
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 1865.
Reveille at 4 marched at 6 AM. Train guard lost my gold pen. marched 22 miles. Heavy rain all day thoroughly wet. Roads bad. got into Camp at 9 P.M.
Reveille at 4 A.M. marched at 6. Stoped one hour for dinner. heavy rain all day. Went into Camp at dark marched 20 miles 363 miles (last part written in pencil/same author)
Reveille at 4 marched at 6 AM many (heavy?) cdng. On our left our Brgd. Went to reenforce Killpatric Who had a fight with Dick Taylor marched 23 miles got into Camp at 9 P.M. Some rain. Killpatrcks loss was 300 killed wounded & Prisoners
SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 1865.
Reveille at the usual hour 34th & 78th Ills left camp at 11 am Rear guard in rear Sat whole rain (very faint print) marched 11 miles Went into Camp at 7 P.M. on picket 2 ½ miles west of Fayetteville N.C. 14th Conns took the town. Weather fair & warm
Relieved from picket at 8 AM. Went to Camp. Wrote two letters & Sent them off Struck tents at dark and marched through Fayetteville Crossed the Tapefear (?) River marched 3 miles & went into Camp Weather fair 400 miles from Savannah Georgia (last part written in pencil/same author)
Struck tents at 6 A.M. marched 2 miles & went into Camp. nothing going on. Times good. Weather fair & warm
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1865.
In Camp, Two miles north west of Fayetteville N. C. UG Gallion was here. Reported that Richmond is evacuated & Lee gone to East Tenn. Received Some N.Y. papers in Camp Weather variable with Rain
Started on the march at 9 A.M. Started out on the Raleigh Road Some cdng. on our Right. Weather rainy marched 12 miles
Marched at 6 A.M. marched 6 miles & then went on the Skirmishline J.H. Gull & D Merrick were killed & J Blanchard & C Taylor wounded in Co F E Palmer Saml. Miller & Caughman were wounded in Co A Weather Rainy
FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 1865.
Went out & burried J H Gull and David Merrick, and then went back to Camp Started to march at 11 A.M. marched 2 miles miles & got dinner Started at 2 P.M. & marched 7 miles wading four Streams. Ervin Palmer died of his wound St Patricks day. Weather fair & warm. marched 9 miles
Marched at daylight running on to the Rebs after marching 10 miles 34th on the Skirmishline advanced about 2 miles & drove them out of their position & then Stoped the remainder of the day 34 on picket plenty of meat. Within 25 miles of Goldsborro. Weather fair & warm
Reveille at 4.30 a.m. Marched at 8 A.M. heavy skirmishing in our front & Some candng. Marched up where the 1st Div was engaged & formed a line on the left hand side of the road 1st Div was repulsed being flanked on the left Changed front on 10(?) Co. Threw up light works when Hokes Div. Charged our Brigade we repulsed them in galant Style & heavy loss casults. Co. F N.W.Wright killed wounded L S Ellis mortally A Fish & J B Taylor Slightly. Co F captured 12 prisoners lost 27 men in the Regt. marched 6 miles. Weather Clear & very hot. Bought a ring from a Reb of the 27th ga. For 25 cts said to come from Ft Sumter S.C.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 1865.
Advanced the Skirmishline in the morning. Sent L S Ellis to the Hoptl. Burried N.W. Wright. 12 M. Changed direction & advanced the lines to the first line of the Rebs work they having fell back during the night to their second line Alb. Hardesty & D. Cole came back to the Co. drew 2 days rations tack & coffee. Weather fair & hot. Skir. And Cdng
Lying in our works A Hardesty & By Taylor went back to the Hospital. L.S. Ellis still alive went back to the Dr. to get Some Quinine for D. Cole moved to the front & built an other line of works. Heavy Skir. & Some cdng. & musktry on our right. one man of the 108 wounded on the Skr. line. Weather very rainy all day
Rebs are all gone this morning at daylight. marched out into an open field & Slacked arms Started at 11 A.M. for Goldsborro. Seen Some Buffaloes marched 10 miles & then went into Camp for the night close to the Neuse River where the 24th Corps lay in Camp Seen UG Gallion. Weather clear & cool & very windy
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 1865.
Started On the march at 7 A.M. Crossed the Neuse River at 9 A.M. 20 minutes for dinner. Passed through Goldsborro on Review at 4 P.M. Went out into Camp 1 1/2 miles East of town Seen Orin Hurod(?) marched 13 miles. Weather clear but very windy From Savannnah ga to Goldsborro NC 470 ms (last part written in pencil/same author)
In Camp. Moved our tents on the line. On fatigue duty. Porter went out to forrage. L S Ellis Still alive. Weather clear & cold with high wind
Went to town to See L. S. Ellis. he is irrational & very delirious. nothin going on. Lt. Col. Ege. Lt Payne Chas Slocum and Mose Delph got back to the Regt. Weather cold & windy
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 1865.
Reveille at 2 A.M. 34th Regt went out with the forrage train. Had 2 men wounded by the Rebs. Got back at 2 P.M. Reccd. Mail & drew Rations. Weather cool.
In Camp. got out timber for a hut & carried it up to Camp. Drew Clothing & Received mail. Weather Clear & warm
In Camp. Built our Shanty and also Bunks to Sleep on. L. S. Ellis dead, died at 2 this morning. nothing going on unusual Weather fair & warm
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29,1865.
In Camp built a table & wrote four letters. Drew 5 days Rations. Times good. Weather inclined to be a little rainy
On Picket nothing going on. Received a letter from Waterloo Iowa. Folks all right. Weather Rainy
Relieved from Picket at nine A.M. Very Severe attack of the Rheumatis. Weather cool & cloudy
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 1865.
Reported to the Dr. and got Some quinine. Went over to Div. Hd. Qrs. and got mustered as Vet. Vol. Rheumatis very Severe Slaughter got a leave of absence for 30 days. mail came in. Drew 1 unlined blouse 1 Shirt & 2 pr. Socks. Weather fair & warm.
In Camp, Rheumatis very Severe Reported to the Dr. Nothing unusual going on Agt(?) Weld & Lt Thompson Started home. Weather fair & warm
Reveille at 5 A.M. Co. drill at 8 Recall at 9 Battallion drill at 1 P.M. Recall at 2. Rheumatis a little better. Weather fair & warm
TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 1865.
Reveille at the Stated hour Drill as usual. Caps. Slaughter & Walker & also Frank Barker Started home on leaves of Absence. Weather warm
In Camp Rheumatis are getting Some better But not well yet by a good deal. got Some Calomel & Salt to take. Weather fair & warm
In Camp Rheumatis very Severe So that I can hardly get around. Brigade fell in & had a dispatch read that Richmond & Petersburg were taken & 25000 prisoners also 500 guns & A P Hill killed. Weather fair & warm
FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1865.
In Camp, taking Quinine for the Rheu. Nothing going on the fall of Richmond Confirmed Weather fair & warm
In Camp Nothing going on. Times as usual. Weather fair & warm
Went down on the River Bottom with Sam Avry & got me a horse The boys made a charge on the Sutler. Weather fair & warm
MONDAY, APRIL 10, 1865.
Marched at 5 A.M. Run on the Rebs had 2 men killed & 3 wounded in our Brigd Marched 13 miles & went into Camp for the night at a mile on the Raleigh Road. Weather Rainy all day. Riding my old horse
Reveille at 5 A.M. 3d Div took the lead They had a little Skirmish this morning marched 11 miles & went into Camp at Smithfield N.C. Roads fair. Weather warm & a little Showery
Started on the march at 12 M. Crossed the Neuse River at Smithfield went into Camp at night near Clayton. Gov. Vance came down to Surrender Raleigh got the news that Lee Surrendered to Grant on the 9th. Marched 10 miles Weather fair & very hot
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 1865.
Started to march at 6 A.M. Went through Clayton and also through Raleigh the Capital of N.C. Avery nice little City. 34th lead the Div. Weather Cloudy with rain. Marched 16 miles Goldsborro to Raleigh 50 ms. (last part written in pencil/same author)
Started out on the Haywood road 34th train guard marched 18 miles & went into Camp at Jones Cross roads. Weather fair & Hot. President A. Lincoln & Secratary Wm H Seward Assassinated. Mornful to tell & a very heavy loss to the nation
Reveille at 3 A.M. marched at 5. Marched 16 miles. Weather AM very heavy rain P.M. cloudy & hot. Lt Horner of Co. H got killed by the Rebs & one other man wounded. Report that Johnson Surrendered to Sherman in Camp on the Capefear river
SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 1865.
In Camp On the Capefear River 50 miles above Fayetteville. Nothing going on. Had A Shave. Weather fair & warm. 34 miles from Raleigh to Eavens ferry on Capefear River (last part written in pencil/same author)
In Camp on the Capefear River. Nothing going on. an other report that Johnson has Surrendered. Times dull. Weather clear & hot.
Sad, Sad, news mingled in with the Surrender which is the assassination of Lincoln & Seward. Our Nation has Sustained a loss that is irreparable & it casts a deep gloom uppon the hearts of the Soldiers. It Sounds in my ears nearly as bad as if it were the Death knell of our nation. Still in Camp on Capefear. Weather fair & warm
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 1865.
In Camp yet at Evans ferry on the Capefear River. Nothing going on. Mail came in Received a letter from Iowa Times good. Weather fair & hot.
In Camp at the Ferry. Had orders read that hostilities were Suspended from the Potomac to the Rio Grand Rivers. Times lively. Weather fair & hot
Marched from the Ferry to Holly Spring Starting at 5.30 AM and getting into Camp at 12 M. Mail came in. Weather variable with Some rain & very hot. marched 14 miles
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1865.
In Camp moved our tent & wrote two letters. Washed my shirt (?). Weather hot
In Camp Nothing going on. W F Williams came back to the Co & we also got a new recruit by the name of Konklin. Times Dull. Weather clear & hot.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1865.
In Camp. Played a few games of Chess with E G Staples. Had orders to march but it was counter manded. Times dull. Weather clear & hot
In Camp & playing Chess Nystrong returned to the Co Reported that Jo Johnson surrendered 36000 men to Sherman. Times dull. Weather fair & warm
In Camp. got Some more Recruits for the Regt. playing Chess again took a Staven wash. It is Officially announced that Jo Johnson Surrendered all the forces east of the Mississippi to Sherman this morning. Times Jubilant. Weather fair & warm
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1865.
In Camp. posted my diary nothing going on worthy of note. Had dress parade & Received marching orders. Times lively. Weather variable with Some rain
Reveille at 3.30 A.M. marched at 5 AM Went into Camp at 1 P.M. close to the R.R. rail came in. Times as usual. Plucked Some flowers. Weather hot & Sultry with Some rain Marched 12 miles
In Camp Were mustered for pay at 8 A.M. Went to preaching. Had Brigade drill this afternoon Lt Frost went to Raleigh plucked a flower in Camp it being 10 miles west of Raleigh NC & the point from whence we Start for Richmond Va. Weather fair & warm
MONDAY, MAY 1, 1865.
Broke up Camp at Morrisville N.C. 12 miles West of Raleigh at 3.30 A.M. and marched enrout for Richmond Va. Stoped one hour for dinner. Crossed the Neuse river at 3.30 P.M. Co F on Picket. Weather fair & warm marched 22 miles
Resumed the march at 5 A.M. 34th Ills. leads the Div. Crossed Tar River at 10 30 a.m. One hour for dinner arrived at Oxford N.C. at 3 P.M. 34th on guard duty in town. Bought 2 Dols worth of Tobacco. Weather fair & hot. Marched 21 miles
Left Oxford at 5 A.M. Marched to where the Brigd had Camped before the train had all moved out 34th train guard & in Rear of the Div. Passed the 20th Corps in the evening Crossed into Mecklenburg Co Va at 5.45 P.M. Camped within 7 miles of Boydton Va. good roads & Splendid Country. Weather fair & hot. Marched 22 miles
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1865.
Marched at 4 A.M. Crossed the Roanoak River at Daylight and went throug Boydton at 8 A.M. Went into Camp at Maherrin R. Drew 3 days Rations Fair Weather for Marching had a little rain after we got into Camp. Marched 24 miles
Started at 5 A.M. Went through Lunenburg C.N. at 8 A.M. 1 hour for dinner Passed the Nodaway Falls at 3'30 P.M. Camped on 4 mile creek 4 miles from Nodaway Ch. Weather A.M. Rainy PM clear & very hot. marched 25 miles.
Marched at 5 AM Passed throug Nodaway at 8 A.M. 1 hour for dinner Resumed the march at 1 P.M. Went into Camp on the Appomattoc R. at 8 P.M. Weather fair & hot marched 32 miles
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 1865.
Marched at 5 A.M. 1 hour for dinner Went into Camp 4 ½ miles South of Richmond at 5'30 P.M. Weather Fair & warm. marched 25 miles. Drew Rations.
In Camp. Moved our tent on the line Strong & Avry came up Drew Rations & whiskey the boys in Co A are pretty tight & noisy. Wrote a letter (?) Weather very hot.
In Camp to day cleaned my gun Orders to Start for Washington to morrow. Bought an Ink Stand for twenty five cts. Nothing going on. Weather cloudy with Some rain
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1865.
In Camp, nothing going on. Mail came in. Times dull. Weather Cloudy with a little rain
Broke up Camp at 7 AM & marched enroute for Washington. Went through the City of Richmond on Review Camped within 3 miles of Hanover C.H.on the 7 day Battle field fought by little Mc. Weather very hot. Rain in the evening. marched 21 miles
Marched at 12 M. 34th Ills. train guard Went through Hanover C.H.(crossed out) Crossed the Pamaunkey River marched 10 miles Weather fair & cool
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1865.
In Camp. nothing going on. Mail came in. Times dull. Weather cool & cloudy with a little rain (all previous lines crossed out/looks like a mistaken entry for May 10) Marched at 7. 1 hour for dinner Resumed the march at 1 P.M. Passed Shermans Hd. Qrs. the Gen. looks well Weath. Clear & hot. marched 23 miles
Broke up Camp at 7 A.M. And Started at 7.30 nothing transpiring along the road 1 hour for dinner. Went into Camp at 5 P.M. Weather fair & hot. marched 21 miles
Started on the march at 6'30 A.M. Marched through a picturesque Country the Blue mountains looming up on our left & front in grand Sublimity their grand peaks almost reaching the asure Sky Crossed the (Rappahance / crossed out) Rapidan at Racoon pond. Weather fair & very hot. marched 17 miles
TUESDAY, MAY 16, 1865.
Marched at 7 AM. one hour for dinner. Passed through a Beautiful Country Weather very hot & fair. marched 21 miles
Marched at 4.50 AM Waded 3 Streams Stoped 1 ½ hours for dinner. Passed Manassas junction Camped on the Bull run Battlefield. Weather hot marched 26 miles
Co A. F. D. & I Safe guards Started at 4 A.M. Passed through Fairfax Va. Camped within 8 miles of Alexandria Va. got into Camp for the night at 1 P.M. Drew Rations. Weather A.M. Clear & very hot PM Rain & cool. Marched 15 miles
FRIDAY, MAY 19, 1865.
Started to march at 8 A.M. waded another Stream Went into Camp on a high hill 3 miles west of Alexandria Va. Weather damp & Rainy Marched 7 miles
In Camp. Capt Slaughter & Maj(?) Walker got back to their Command E.R. Taylor & A.J. Secoy Rejoined us again & Christie Christian & Taylor. moved our tents. Weather Rainy
In Camp Recd.' A lot of new Recruits 14 for Co. F. Weather rainy
MONDAY, MAY 22, 1865.
In Camp Drew Clothing 1 pr pants 1 shirt 2 pr Socks & one haver Sack. Nothing going on. Weather variable and hot
In Camp. Steel Vanness & Butterfield appointed Corpls. The Army of the Potomac is getting Reviewed to day. Weather favorable for the Same as it is Some what cool
Started to the City of Washington on a grand Review at 6 A.M. Wentered the City via long bridge marched Md Avenue. Round the Capital Building Thence down Pa. Avenue to the white house Crossed the Pontoon bridge & Returned to Camp marched 16 miles Weather fair but warm
THURSDAY, MAY 25, 1865.
Broke up Camp at 6 A.M. Moved Camp Starting at 12 M. Crossed the long bridge which is 1 mile long marched through the City went into Camp 2 ½ miles north of the City lost my Ft Sumter Ring. Weather clear & warm. marched 12 miles
Went to Washington was in the Patent(?) office. Bought a mess of Fish for 75 cts. Weather Rainy all day.
Went to City with Capt Slaughter. Drew my back pay & bounty. Paid out 3 Dols for our Dinners. Weather cool & cloudy with Some rain
SUNDAY, MAY 28, 1865.
Went over to the 15th Corps loaned to Sgt Sanford Brenninger five dols. Paid to Joseph Wolf 5 dols in favor of Benjamin Wolf Weather Clear & hot
Went to City with J.C. Moats Visited the Capitol P.M. In Camp & on fatigue. Weather very hot.
Went to Navy Yard & City. nothing going on. Weather hot & Sultry
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 1865.
In Camp every thing lovely. Times good. Went to preaching. (?) Weather hot.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1
In Camp every thing all Right .Went to Preaching (?) Weather hot.
In Camp. Very Prosperous times & lively Weather hot
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 1865.
In Camp, Reviewed by Gen. Geo. H. Thomas. Every thing lovely. Weather hot
In Camp had preaching an able discourse delivered by the Chaplain of the 39th Iowa Regt. Weather fair & very hot
Went to City & bought a coffee pot & a pair of galters(?) (?) Weather very hot
TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 1865.
In Camp Times lively. Drew 1 Hand kerchief from the U.S. C.C. Received 25 dols from Capt Slaughter. Weather Cool & Cloudy
Went to City Drew 7 25/100 Dols. Commutation money on a furlough. Weather fair & hot
Washed my Shirt & & drawers 78th Ills. Went home 121 was Mustered. Weather hot.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 1865.
Went to City Drew a Silver Cup. Seen a live skeleton by the name of John Major got back to Camp about 6 P.M. Weather very warm
In Camp had a Sound Sleep this morning after Rollcall. Went to Bunkerhill Tavern & got Some dinner. Weather Cloudy with Some rain
Went to meeting three times. Weather fair & warm
MONDAY, JUNE 12, 1865.
Went to meeting 3 times. Weather fair & warm (all previous lines crossed out) Broke up Camp at 12 M. & marched at 12.30 Left Washington at 7 P.M. Weather fair & hot
Arived at harpersferry Va at 6 AM. also at Cumberland Md at 5 P.M. where I got a leave of absence for five days. Traveled all night. Weather fair & warm
Arrived at Meyers Mills at 4.30 A.M. Found the folks all well. Went up to Salisbury in the afternoon. Weather Cloudy with Some rain
THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 1865.
At Salisbury Returned to the Mills this afternoon. Weather Cloudy. Paid out 4 35/100 Dols
At Meyers Mills Times good. Weather Cloudy with Some rain. Went to visit Some of my friends in town & also went up to Dan Beechly. Nothing going on.
Left the Mills & went to Salisbury. Times dull. Weather A.M. Showery PM Cloudy & hot
SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 1865.
Paid a visit to J. Keim left Salisbury at 3 P.M. Went to John Beachlys. (maybe Beachys?) from there to Grantsville Md. in a carriage. Hired a private conveyance to overtake the Stage. Which we did at 11 P.M. At Mitchells 1 mile west of Petersburg Pa Weather warm & Showery
Left Mitchells at 6 A.M. arrived at Uniontown Pa at 12 M. took the Cars for Pittsburgh arriving there at 6 P.M. Stayed at the Soldiers home. Weather Showery
Left Pittsburgh for Cincinnati O. via Crestline & Columbus O. at 2 A.M. Arrived at Columbus at 7.30 P.M. Left Col. For Cinti. at 9.40 P.M. Weather very hot
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 1865.
Arrived at Cincinnati O. at 4.30 A.M. Went to the Soldiers home & got breakfast. Left for Louisville Ky at 12 M. on the Boat Genl. Lytle fare 2 Dols. Times good. Weather Showery
Arrived at Louisville Ky. at Daylight. Went on Shore & got Breakfast and then Went to Camp. Weather Warm. Some Rain
In Camp nothing going on. Weather very warm
SATURDAT, JUNE 24, 1865.
In Camp Put up a Shade Every thing lovely. Times good. Weather very warm
In Camp. Every thing lovely. had Inspection of arms. At 9 A.M. Weather Pleasant with Some rain
In Camp. Times dull nothing going on. Had Dress parade. Some Promotions made in Co F 1 Sgt. & 1 Corpl. Drew Rations. Weather fair & warm
TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 1865.
In Camp Wrote two letters. the 30th Anaversary of my Birth day. A Corporal in the Army at 30 years of age. Weather fair & warm. C D Taylor came to See us
In Camp Cleaned my gun & Sewed my Stripes on my Blouse Had Dress parade. Weather fair & warm
In Camp nothing going on. Times lively. Weather warm
FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 1865.
In Camp. nothing going on. Times as usual. Weather warm
SATURDAY, JULY 1
In Camp. nothing going on. Times Dull. Weather hot
In Camp Went to Preaching twice. Weather very warm. Times as usual
MONDAY, JULY 3, 1865.
Went to the two mill (maybe mile) house with Cap Bally, N J Strong, on a Burn. Received Pay this P.M. from the U.S.G. Times lively, plenty of Drunk men in Camp. Went to town with E M Conklin went to Theatre Weat. very warm
Roll Call at 5 A.M. Reviewed to Day by Gen W T Sherman. he made a Speech to us. Times lively. Weather very hot
Went to City with David Cole. Bought me a Pocket Book & gold pen. Times dull. Weather very hot
THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1865.
In Camp nothing going on. Times Dull. Weather very hot
In Camp and on guard & helping to make out the musterout Rolls. Weather intensely hot. A Small Shower of rain
Sat in the Captains tent making out Rolls all day. Weather very hot (?) Times Dull
SUNDAY, JULY 9, 1865.
In Camp making out the Rolls. Worked hard all day. Weather very hot with a Shower of Rain
In Camp working on those Rolls. Until 11.30 P.M. Times lively. Weather a little cooler with Some Rain
In Camp helping Vergil E Reed make out a muster Roll. Bought an album & 2 of Shermans photos. & Received 2 others of of Sgt Cole & one of Corpl Vanness. Weather cool & Some Rain
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 1865.
Mustered out of the U.S. Service at 9 A.M. Detailed as guard to go to Chicago Ills. with the muster out Rolls left the Regt at 1 P.M. Crossed the River at Jeffersonvill Ind at 4 PM left the latter place at 9 PM for Indianapolis. Weather hot
Arrived at Indianapolis at Daylight. Layed over until 12.30 P.M. When We Started for Chicago Ill. Arriving there at 10.30. P.M. Times good. Weather fair & Cool
Turned over our muster out Rolls at 9 A.M. & then went to the Soldiers Rest & got dinner and then went out to see the City Went up on the Court house where I had a splendid view of the City & lake. Weather fair & warm
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 1865.
Saturday at the Soldiers Rest Running over the City Some nothing going on the Regt came to Camp Douglas. I went out to them after Supper. Times Dull. Weather Dreary & cool with a heavy Rain all day
Went to City to Catholic Church. Went on top of the court house. (?) Went back to Camp & then went to the Dutch Beer gardens. Times good. Weather fair & cool
MONDAY 17 (Last day in the army/written in pencil across date)
Went to the City & got paid off & got my Discharge (?) bought me a Suit of Clothing & then Started for Ogle. Where I arrived at 8.10 PM. Weather fair & cool. Times good
TUESDAY, JULY 18, 1865.
Stoped in Ogle until in the P.M. & then I Went out to Martin Billmires found them all well & harvesting a little went Down to Myers Folks all well. Weather fair & hot. Times lively & good
Went out into the harvest field & worked for Thornt merely Driving on the Reaper cut Wheat. Nothing going on unusual. Times good. Weather fair & warm
In the harvest field & cutting oats for Thornt this A.M. and oats for for Mart in the P.M. on the upper piece (?) nothing going on worthy of note. Times good. Weather pretty hot
FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1865.
Went up to Reubens & to C C Royces. In the A.M. Went to Ogle in the P.M. Seen Geor. Burton (?) Tilton Turner Taylor & Hardesty Weather A.M. quite Rainy P.M. Cloudy (?) Times good
Out in the harvest field working for Martin Jonathan Neff. Went off to See his girl (?) I lent him five Dols. Nothing going on. Times good Weather favorable & cool nothing going on (?)
MONDAY, JULY 24, 1865.
Lying around & doing nothing. Seen C C Myers. Times dull. Weather Cool & Rainy all day
Went to Ogle this morning with Thornton Billmire got Back at 9 A.M. & went to Binding Oats & wheat Cut for Mart until Supper & after Supper for Thornt. Weather Cool & pleasant
Went up to Thornts and Cut four Rounds on his piece of Oats & then we turned out on account of rain. Times good. Weather fa(crossed out) Rainy
THURSDAY, JULY 27, 1865.
Cutting Oats for Thornt. Weather fair & warm. Times good Weather
Cutting grain at Thorn until noon. And then went to Tom. Bly & cut his Wheat in the P.M. Weather fair & warm Times good
Cutting Oats for Martin Billmire Went to Ogle in the evening & got home at 10 P.M. Bought a Shoe Brush & a plug of tobacco for 35 cts. Weather A.M. Cool P.M. very hot
SUNDAY, JULY 30, 1865.
Went up to the grove from there to Nettletons thence to Sabbath School thence home & got Supper and then I went to Thornts & home again Times good. Weather fair & warm
Harvesting Oats for M Billmire (?) Times good. Weather fair & warm.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
Finished cutting grain for Martin this morning & then went over to Tom. Blys & finished up there working for him ¾ of a day Times good. Weather fair & hot went to Ogle this P.M.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1865.
Went down on George Fishers Wheat this A.M. & on his Oats this P.M. Times good Weather very hot with Some Rain in the evening. Went up to Ogle this A.M. & home to Billmires this P.M.
Went to Ogle this morning & this P.M. home again Went down to Myers (?) Times good Weather Rainy
At Martin Billmires hitched up the Team & took Manda Yorty home. Went to Prayer meeting this evening. Times good Weather cloudy with Rain (?)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 1865.
Went to Dixon Ills to See Mary & Barbara Anna went with me. Nothing going on. Times good. Weather Rainy
In Dixon enjoying my Self very well took a Buggy Ride this P.M. had Such good & lovely Company. Weather Cool & Cloudy
Returned to Ogle & then went to Franklin & from there to Chicago (?) With W. D. Frost. Times good. Weather Pleasant.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, 1865.
In Chicago Ills. on a bender & on Some Business for C. M. Hicks. Times lively Seen Lawn Taylor & Marsha In the City to night at the Wrights Hotel (?) Times good. Weather fair & warm
Went to Ogle from there to Martin Billmires & to Thorntons Weather Rainy (?) Times good health very delicate
Went to Ogle from there to Dixon from Dixon to Dubuque Iowa Times lively (?) Weather variable (?) Seen Scott of Co. H & Billy Sluggett " "
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 1865.
Went to Waterloo Iowa Seen Jennie Strayer & her Mother (?) & then went out home to Crosses. Times good. Weather fair & warm
At home lying idle helped to cut a few oats for Mike in the evening (?) Times good. Weather fair & warm
Went to meeting at Babcocks School house took dinner at Sam Beechleys. & then went to Jo Saylors. from there home & to Levi Beals Jonas Flickingers & Singing School. (?) Times good. Weather fair & warm
MONDAY, AUGUST 14, 1865.
Harvesting for John Cross. Driving the team on the Reaper (?) Times good. Weather fair & very warm for this lattitude
Harvesting for Cross this A.M. finished his harvest. Cutting Oats for Cyrus this P.M. Best oats that I Seen this year (?) Times as they generally are in harvest. Weather fair & warm
Cutting wheat for Cyrus finished his harvesting this evening poor weat Badly Scabed. Times lively. Weather clear & hot
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1865.
Harvesting Oats for Mike Beechly heavy oats & badly lodged (?) finished his harvest late in the evening. Times good. Weather fair & warm
Went to Waterloo & took dinner at Strayers & then went up Blackhawk to Elias Beechlys Seen cousin Lydia there (?) times lovely company charmingly attractive. Weather cool & cloudy
At E. K. Beechlys Sam. Miller & Huffs Enjoying myself very well having good lively company Lydia Beechly & others. Times good. Weather cloudy and threatening Rain (?) Some thunder in the N. W.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 1865.
Went to Waterloo from there to Flickinger Schoolhouse to meeting took dinner at H. A. Miller Supper at J Lichtys Went to Singing School from there I went to Mikes. Times good. Weather warm.
Went home with cousin Sarah took dinner at Sam. Beechlys. after dinner I went to Crosses & stayed all night. Times good. Weather warm. Farmers Slacking their grain
Took dinner at Crosses & then went out to Jonas Flickingers took Supper with them & Stayed all night. Times good. Weather warm and clear
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1865.
Went to John Lichtys & took dinner from there I went to H. A. Millers & Stayed all night Miller finished Slacking. Times good. Weather fair
Went to Saml. M. Miller & to Brenninger Stayed all night at Saml Millers. Times good. Weather fair & warm
Lifted 3 notes (?) & got one of Miller in my favor (?) Went home from there to Mikes & to Cyrus. Staying all night with Mike. Times good. Weather fair
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 1865.
Breakfast at home dressed & went to Wiloughby Butler Co Iowa. Seen Sam Pollock. Stayed all night at Basses Country Sandy (?) Times good. Weather very hot
Took Dinner & Supper at Wm Basses & then went up & Stayed with Bill Gibson all night (?) Times good. Weather very hot
Went up & Stayed at A Knights taking dinner & Supper with them & then went to John Plants & Stayed all night. Times good. Weather hot
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1865.
Went down to Philander Woods with Mrs Plants & took dinner with them took Supper at Amos Nettletons & Stayed all night at Plants. Times good. Weather hot
Went to Waterloo & from there to Jacob Flickingers. & Staying all night at David Myers Times good. Weather hot
Went to W Millrs took dinner & Supper with them and then went home to Crosses Staying at his house all night. Times good. Weather hot
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1865.
Went home with Cyrus & helped to fix up his Straw Stack & finish Slacking his Wheat Stayed with him all night. Times good. Weather hot
Went to Waterloo. Seen Daniel Beechly & Sarah B. From there I went home to Crosses (?) Times good. Weather hot
Went to meeting from there to Sup. Times good. Weather hot
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1865.
At Crosses. Times good. Weather hot
Running about (?) Times good. Weather fair & hot
Doing nothing. Times good. Weather fair & hot
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1865.
Doing nothing. Times good. Weather fair & warm
Lofing which is a disgrace to any person. Times good. Weather fair
In Waterloo Times good. Weather fair nothing going on
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1865.
At Crosses. nothing going on. Times good. Weather fair
Monday At home nothing going on. Times good. Weather fair
gone to a Wedding. Times good. Weather fair (?) at Mathias Millers to night
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1865.
At home Jacob Flickingers (?) & Mikes. Times good. Weather fair
At Cyrus Beechlys. Times good. Weather fair
At C Beechlys Times good (?) Weather fair Stayed with him all night
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1865.
Went to Waterloo. Helped to put the Bell on to the high School Building
Started to meeting at 9 A.M. Stoped at S Beechlys for dinner & then went to Jo Saylors where I had lots of Sport (?) Times good. Weather fair
Went to Waterloo & took the cars & went to Ills got to Dixon at 10 P.M. & to Chicago D Dixon Airline Depo at 11 P.M.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1865.
Arrived at Ogle at 4.30 AM. took Breakfast at Hicks Went out to Billmires with M. A. Myers Times good. Weather fair a light frost
At M Billmires folks nearly all Sick every thing looking dull (?) Weather fair
In the house at Billmires helping to do the house work (?) Times dull. weather fair
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1865.
Went to Ogle Times good (?) every thing lovely & the weather fair
Went to Grand Detour to See Some of my Old Chums (?)
Went up on Oak Ridge with Chas A Warner. Went to meeting thus & So Times good. Weather Some Rain
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1865.
Went to Dixon from there I went home with James Taylor. Times good. Weather fair (?)
Thrashing for M Billmire. Times good. Weather fair
Thrashing for M Billmire. Times good. Weather fair (?)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1865.
Thrashing for M Billmire. Weather fair & warm. Times good
Went to Ogle. Weather Rainy. Times dull
Thrashing for Thornton Billmire. weather fair & warm
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1865.
At Martin Billmires Times good. Weather fair
Thrashing for Thornton Billmire. Times good. Weather fair had an election
Working for Conrad Yorty running the machine (?) at Smiths. Times good. Weather fair
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1865.
Working for Con Yorty this A.M. & for F Nettleton this P.M. Times good. Weather fair
Thrashing for M. A. Myers (?) Times good. Weather fair
Nothing going on. Times good .Weather Rainy
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1865.
Thrashing for M. A. Myers. Times good. Weather fair
Went to Ogle (?) nothing going on. Times good. Weather fair
Comenced to work for C M Hicks at 22 Dols per month & washing .Times good. Weather fair
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1865.
Nothing going on. Times good (?) got maried (last part written in pencil)
Times as usual And nothing going on
Nothing going on, Times good
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1865.
Nothing going on. Times as usual
Nothing going on. Times as usual
Went to Billmires From there to Ogle(?) Times good. Weather fair
MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1865.
Working for C M Hicks. Times as usual & nothing going on
Times Dull (?) nothing going on
Went to Fadels & drove in Some Cattle left them at Yortys. Times dull .Weather Rainy
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1865.
Went out to Yortys & drove in those Cattle. Wrenched my back So as to be unable to work. Lost ½ days work. Times dull
Went out to Thornton Billmires (?) Times good. Weather fair Lost 1 days work
At Thornton Billmires helped to husk Some corn for him in the A.M. in the P.M. I went to Marts & also again to Thornts where I Staid all night. Times good. Lost one days work
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1865.
At Martin Billmires nothing going on. Times good (?) Stayed all night
Went to Hickses again this P.M. But did not work. Times rather dull .Lost one day Loosing in all 3 ½ days
Commenenced to work again for Hicks Nothing going on (?) Loned to J B Williams - 10 Dols & bought a note in favor of H Whealer
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1865.
Nothing going on worthy of note (?) Times Dull (?)
Nothing doing on account of rain Barbara E Yorty was married to a Mr Leach at 8 O clock P.M. By Revd. Herroun at C M Hicks at Ogle Ills. Times good (?)
Nothing going on hunting Some Cattle (?) Times dull & very heavy Rain Snowing at 6 30 P.M. Market Wheat .40 & 80 cts Oats 10 & 15 cts
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1865.
Snow 2 inches deep at Ogle Station Lee Co. Ills. Out hunting Cattle all day (?) Times dull. Weather cold & Roads very muddy
Went to George W Fishers & Stayed there until 9 P.M. Went back to ogle then (?) Weather cool & disagreeable. Roads very muddy
Husking corn for Hicks. Weather cool. Snow Storm in the P.M. Went home at 3 30 P.M. on account of the Snow. Times dull. contracted for Fishers Iowa land
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1865.
Bought Fishers land for 435 Dols. Paid for it & got my deed. Quit working for Hicks (?) Weather cool (?) Went to Billmires
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Husking corn for M Billmire in the A.M. Posting my Books in the P.M. Times good Weather Rainy
Went to F Nettletons & Stayed all night also Stoped at Yortys (?) Times good (?)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1865.
Went to Ogle took dinner at Hickses. Settled up with J. B. Williams (?) took the Three O clock train for Chicago Ills. left Chicago at 10 P.M. for Ashland O. Times good. Weather fair (?)
Arrived at Mansfield Ohio at 1 P.M. And at Ashland at 6.15 P.M. Times good. Weather fair in A.M. P.M. Rain & Snow
at Dans. In Ashland. Times good weather cool. (?)
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1865.
At Dans. in Ashland Ohio. Times good. Weather fair (?) Nothing going on
Went out to George Houghs. & from there to William Flickingers where I Staid all night (?) Times good. Weather fair
Took Mrs. Flickinger out to John Beechlys in the Buggy & then went as far back as to Ashland. Stoped with Dan. Times good. Weather fair
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1865.
In Ashland to day. Nothing going on. Times good and Weather fair. Had an Oyster Supper (?)
Went down to Richard Arnolds & Stayed there all night Times good. Weather fair
Went up to Ashland Stayed all night with Daniel Beechly. Times good. Weather fair. (?) had a mess of Fresh Fish
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1865.
Went out to meeting at John Beechleys with Daniel .Stayed all night at John Bs. Got an introduction to Mary Peck. Times good. Weather fair (?)
Went to Jacob Beechlys & to Caty and Nat. Arnolds. Staying all night with J B
Went to Ashland with J.B. in the Carriage (?) Stoped with Daniel Times good. Weather fair
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1865.
Went to John B Myers & Stayed all night. Times good, weather fair & warm.
Saw E K Beechly & wife & Sally Berkley. Went to John Beechlys & from there to David Beechly where I Stayed all night. Times good. Weather fair
Went to John Beechlys & Stayed with him all night (?) helped Jacob to finish husking his corn. Times good. Weather fair
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1865.
Helped to finish husking corn for John Beechly in the A.M. and in the PM Jo. & two of the girls & I went to Wayne Co Ohio to John Millers Times good weather cool & cloudy
Went to meeting & after meeting to Daniel Millers where we took dinner after which Jo. B. & the girls. went home Times good. Weather fair & Warm
Went to Lathisburg(?) With Daniel Miller (?) Took Supper at his house (?) Times good. Weather fair (?)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1865.
Went to Wooster with Daniel Miller. Took the cars for Pittsburgh Pa where I arrived at 10 P.M. Layed in Pittsbrg- all night weather cool & cloudy in the AM. & P.M. Rain hail & Snow
Left Pittsburg at 7.10 A.M. & got to Latrobe at 10'30 A.M. Took the Hack for Ligonier at 1 P.M. & got to A. Nicelys after dark. Meeting with Daniel Jacoby an old unkle that I had never Seen. Times rough weather cold with rain & Snow
Went to the grave yd & Seen my fathers grave from there to Geo. Albrights house From thence to the Old home Stead thence to Mechanics burgh & back to Niceleys. Weather cool with rain & Snow at times
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1865.
Went to Ligonier and from there to George Jacobys found the folks all well. Weather favorable But Roads very muddy
At Geo. Jacobys looking over the farm (?) very hilly Country. Weather clear but a cold wind. nothing going on to interest me
Left for Ligonier Stopping with Mr Warner. Seen Aunt Hester also went to night meeting very nice Singing. Weather fair & cool
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1865.
Left Ligonier Stoped in Laughlinstown. Saw John Albright from there I went to unkle Jacob Pecks where I Stayed all night. Times good Some Snow on the ground. Weather Cool and Cloudy
Left Pecks for Berlin took dinner in Somerset. Went to Unkle Peter Miller & Stayed all night & found them all well. Times good. Weather fair & warm
Left Berlin at 9 A.M. for Myers Mills arriving there at 12.30 P.M. found the folks all well eat Supper at Welshons. Stoped at Dr Beachleys. Times good .weather Cloudy and cool
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1865.
Stoped at D C Myers (?) Times good. Weather favorable
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
Went over to Daniel Beechlys & Stayed there until noon (?) Weather disagreeable (?) Stoped all night at Wm. Beechlys Times good (?)
Came back to town (?) Stayed all night at D. C. Myers took a ride on horse back. Weather fair & Times good
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1865.
Stoped with D C Myers Weather very nice and warm (?) Nothing going on worthy of note
Went up to Salisbury To Wm Morts. Found the folks all well But Bill being away from home. Times good. Weather fair
Went up to the village Seen S C Keim(?) & Dr Slulgman(?) as well as Some other old friends Nothing going on worthy of note. Times good. weather cloudy
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1865.
Went to Samuel Flickingers found the folks all well .Times good but nothing going on. Weather cloudy & cool
At Flickingers (?) Times dull & gloomy. Weather Rain and Snow
Went to Meyers Mills assended the two mounts at John Saylors Seen all over the country & part of upper Canada. Times good. weather cool
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1865.
At Meyers Mills Nothing going on of much consequence. Times good and weather fine. took dinner at Dr U M Beechlys
At U M Beechlys at Meyers Mills Pa. had Chicken for dinner. Times good Weather Cool (?)
(almost unreadable) .. Bought ..school…..school.. Slate and a pair of Slips Times good (?) Weather fair
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1865.
Made a Start to School it being a Select School Times good weather Rainy nothing going on
At School nothing going on worthy of note. Times good. Weather fair
in School, nothing going on worthy of note. Times good. Weather Cold and Snowy
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1865.
In School our teacher Sick, and G Beechly teacher. Debate in the afternoon Subject Resolved that Washington is entitled to more honor than Columbus Desided in the affirmative. weather cold & Snowy
In town nothing going on of any importance. Times good. weather cool
in town nothing going on worthy of note, also I went to look at Fikes. Times good .Weather cool & Snowy
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1865.
At the Mills nothing going on worthy of note. Times a usual. Weather moderating
At the Mills nothing going on worthy of note. Times dull. Weather moderating
in town doing nothing as usual. Times dull (?) Weather open And un healthy
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1865.
At the Mills nothing going on that is exciting. Times dull. Weather gloomy
Went to Daniel Beechly, to See the folks they having returned from Iowa. Times good. Weather cold with Some Snow
In town went to the School hous in the P.M. being on a debate question Resolved that the life of a Soldier is .. & more hardship than that of a Sailor.. with negative Times good Weather cool
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1865.
Went to meeting at the Mills (?) eat dinner at Wm. Beechlys (?) Times good, weather cool, & Cloudy
Christmas at the Mills. Seen Jo Saylor had a company of Slum. Banys to parade through town making fools of themselves. The town full of people. Times good. Weather very warm
In town in the A. M. Went to Berlin with W C Hicks in the P.M. & returned again bringing the mule along went to right machine. Times good. Weather warm
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1865.
in town doing nothing as usual. Times dull (?) weather cool
in town nothing going on except the mail came in (?) Weather rainy. Times Dull. Went to night meeting again
in town Went to the School house in the P.M. being on a debate. the question Resolved that Coal mines are more beneficial to a Country than Gold mines Desided makes negative(?) Times good. Weather pleasant
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1865.
Left the Mills at 10 A.M. & went to Salisbury arriving there at 12 M. Times good. Weather Snowing , had a Sligh ride was it one nice.
At William Morts with my Brotherinlaw & my Sister Cracking hickory nuts (?) every thing quiet and peaceable. Times are good & the weather warm and So ends the year of 1865 bringing it to a close at Salisbury Pa
Mr M. M. Myers, Ogle Station Ills.
Mr C. M. Hicks, Ogle Station Ills.
Messors T. M. Billmire, Ogle Station Ills.
Miss B E Yorty, Ogle Station Ills.
Miss M B " Dixon, Ogle Station Ills.
Miss Caty Beechly, Waterloo Iowa
Miss Sarah Beechly, Waterloo Iowa
Miss M Cross Beechly, Waterloo Iowa
Mr S. M. Miller , Waterloo Iowa
Revd. J Cross , Waterloo Iowa
Messors C. M. Beechly Waterloo Iowa
Wm Mort Esgr Elklick Pa
Mr D Beechly Ashland Ohio
Mr N Billmire Empire Prarie Mo.
David Barrass Witesville Mo.
Preston & Co Washing D. C.
Clay Co Ind.
Mills Co Iowa
Popular vote for President Votes poled in 1864. 3'957'702 of which the Candidates had this
A. Lincoln 2'182'502
Geo. B McCleland 1'775'200
Lincolns Maj 407'302
Popular vote for 1860
A Lincoln 1 864'523
All Others 2 004'093
Whole vote including Southern States in 1860, 4'680'193
20 apples 5.00
6 crabs. 3.75
6 cherries 3.75
12 grapes 3.00
25 straw berries 1.00
1 rose bush .50
2 plum trees 2.00
Summary of Cash Account for the year ending 1864 Received 759 79/100 Dollars Paid 97 55/100
(Listed in the CASH ACCOUNT for MAY)
Polly Beechly was born November 2nd 1809
(Listed in the CASH ACCOUNT for JULY)
July 30th 1869
Account of my traveling expences to Nebrask
30th Dinner .30
31 tavern Bill at Quincis .50
House shoping .70
Gen. Grants Babtismal name is Hiram Ulysses
But on entering West Point he Received by the mistake of the person who nominated him the name of Ulysses Sidney
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