Friday, May 07, 2010

Nelson B. Gardner - Civil War Diary (continued)

(continued from May 14)
Taken from the book:  Nelson B. Gardner - Civil War Diary - donated to the Lucas County Notes and Shakin' the Family Tree by James V. Heckman.  Appeared in their newsletter - Volume 11 Issue 1 - January-March 2006

This is a very interesting account of the Civil War.  It is such a treasure that he took the time to write in his diary and that his descendants kept his records and passed them on to us.  We will start out by telling a little bit about Nelson B. Gardner.
Thursday, April 2nd, 1863
Left St. Louis this day two lieut and seventy men from the 34th Iowa Reg. to guard four hundred and fifty eight Confederate prisoners to City Point, Virg.  Arrived at Alton, Ill. at 8 o'clock p.m.  Left at 10 p.m. on the car(r)s.
Friday, April 3rd
Arrived at Chicago at one o'clock p.m. and left at four o'clock p.m. for Toledo, Ohio.
Sunday, April 5th
Arrived at Erie at 5 o'clock a.m. at Dunkirk.  Changed car(r)s and ran to Elmira.  Changed car(r)s at Luray, Penn.  Arrested a man for fraternizing with prisoners and put him in the car(r)s, took him seventeen miles and released him.  Fort Williams, Fort Harrisburg and York.
Monday, April 6th
At Williamsport the citizens refused to let us stop on account of small pox with prisoners.  Arrived at Baltimore 10 o'clock a.m.  Took prisoners to pier No. 1.  This evening took sup(p)er with ___Wright at Baltimore.
Tuesday, April 7th
Had good view of Fort McHenry.  Left Baltimore on Steamer Express at 4 o'clock p.m.  Stop(p)ed at Fortress Monroe two hours.  Went inside the fort.  Saw a large Fort partly finished at the Rip Raps.
Wednesday, April 8th
Left City Point, Virg. at 8 o'clock.  Passed the Monitor, Sagamore, and Steam Frigate Minnesota and the Iron Clad at Newport News.  Passed Capes Charles and Henry at 4 o'clock.
Thursday, April 9th
Left City Point at 8 a.m.
Friday, April 10, 1863
Arrived at Baltimore at 9 o'clock a.m.  Went to the Soldiers' Home.  Left Baltimore at 9 o'clock p.m. for Elmira.
Saturday, April 11th
Arrived at Elmira at 12 noon.  Took dinner.  Staid until 4 o'clock p.m.  Left Buffalo(w).
Monday, April 13th, 1863
Left Cleveland at 7 o'clock a.m. for Chicago.  Arrived at Chicago 11 o'clock p.m.
Wednesday, April 15th
Took four prisoners returned from City Point to Garrison Street Prison.  Went to Benton Barracks at 2 o'clock a.m.  Found twelve letters for me.
Sunday, April 19th
At Benton Barracks, St. Louis.  In the forenoon, Cook, Formerly of Mt. Vernon, Ohio called on me.  In the afternoon, Major Kellogg invited me to Reg. Headquarters to take his final leave of Co. officers.
Monday, April 20th, 1863
This day our regiment was under marching orders to Vicksburg and are making preparations to leave on tomorrow at 10 o'clock p.m.  Orders came to be ready to go to Pilot Knob in the morning.
Thursday, April 23rd
Pilot Knob - this morning is a ver(r)y beautiful morning.  Report is that Marmaduke is within thirty miles with ten thousand troops,
Friday, April 24th
This morning our Reg. was moved on the mountain.
Tuesday, April 28th, 1863
Ordered into the valley where we pitched our tents.  Col. Clark appointed commander of the post at Pilot Knob.
Friday, May 1, 1863
J. Throckmorton and myself went to town and staid all night.
Monday, May 4th
Lieut. Nolen and Capt. Clark and adjutant went to St. Louis this day.
Friday, May 8th
Nolen returned from St. Louis.  Did not bring my leave of absence.  Went out on Batallion Drill.  Leave of Absence came in mail from St. Louis to me for 20 days.
Saturday, May 9th
Received this day of Capt. N.B. Gardner, Co. E., 34th Iowa Seventy Dollars to be paid to Jake Stark at Indianola.
Monday, May 11th
Left St. Louis at 4 o'clock p.m. on Steamer DiVernon for Keokuk, Iowa.
(will be continued on July 9th)

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