Friday, May 14, 2010

Nelson B. Gardner - Civil War Diary (continued)

(continued from June 11)
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.
Memorandum in back of diary:
Oliver Harvey
1 overcoat         $7.20         1 dress coat       $6.30
1 blouse            $2.63          1 pr. pants         $3.03
1 undershirt      $ .88          1 pr. socks         $  .32
Oliver Harvey, Private
Age 41, Height 5 ft. 9½ inch.  Light complexion.  Dark hair.  Hazel eyes.  Born in Guernsey County, Ohio.  Enlisted in Chariton on the 13th day of August 1862.  Mustered in the service Oct. 15th 1862 by Lieut. Charles J. Ball at Burlington, Iowa.  Paid to the 13th day of Sept. 1862 by Maj. Remey.
See George Harpold and tell him that his wife is dissatisfied to live where she does and tell him that Nash says he never cut timber land, that he would give $5.00 to see him and set all right.  Nash says the Harpold ought to come home and see his family.
Joseph Lamb
Near Little Rock, Arkansas within 8 miles of Little Rock, a brother of Alexander Lamb
George T. Chamel left Lewis Township
Capt. G.N. Waters, Co. B. 20th Iowa, Mt. Pleasant
Pocket Diary 1864
Sunday, January 17, 1864
This morning I was detailed Brig Officer of the day.  At 12 p.m. ordered to cross Mattagordas Bay and land on the head of the Peninsula at Point.  Our brigade consisting of the 18th and 15th Maine and 34th Iowa.  Went on board Steamer "Planter".  In crossing the bay we struck a sandbar and lay there all night.
Thursday, January 21
Appointed in a board of survey with Capt. Belsey of the 15th Maine Vol. to assess deficiencies in three cargos of commissary stores shipped to this point.
Friday, February 12
Orders came for Lieut. Swank to report at new Orleans before a military commission.
Monday, February 22
Was out on duty this day.  Col. Dungan and myself rode up the beach to look for wood and burnt shells.
Tuesday, March 9, 1864
Col. G.W. Clark returned to the Regiment with some recruits from Iowa.  Rec'd letter from B.F. Murphy by the hands of Simon Cross.
Saturday, March 12
Went with the boys of my company to the Gulf to battle and from there went to Light House on Mattagorda Island, Texas.
Sunday, March 13
The troops from Indianola came down to the Island.  In crossing McHenry Bayou they sunk the Pontoon and twenty three of 69th Indiana Vol were drowned.
Monday, March 14
Letter to Lieut. Swank at Chariton, Iowa.  Also rec'd a letter from R. McCormick
Monday March 27
Had "Co" inspection and had the payrolls signed.  In the afternoon had dress parade.
Wednesday, March 30
I sent for the members of my company a $503 in draft to S.L. Edgington, Chariton, for the families of said Co.
Tuesday, April 5, 1864
This afternoon we had "Co" drill and Battalion drill.
Friday, April 8
I went to see Judge Advocate about Allen Williams case.
Tuesday, April 19
Put our property on board Steamer "St. Mary".  Regiment went on board in the evening, ran out in the bay and anchored for the night.
Friday, April 22
Arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi.  Arrived at New Orleans at 6 o'clock.
Thursday, April 28
Our picket guard was driven in and we were ordered to the front.  Went out 1½ miles, formed line of battle and remained there ten hours.  Orders came from Gen. Banks to fall back immediately and what we could not move to destroy.  We fell back two miles in the rear of our camp.
Tuesday, July 12, 1864
Arrived at Vicksburg.
Thursday, July 14, 1864
Arrived at Memphis
Saturday, July 16, 1864
Arrived at St. Louis, Missouri
Sunday, July 17
Went to Benton Barracks.  Saw Capt. Whisenand, Webster Matson and Dave White.
Tuesday, July 19
Left St. Louise
Nelson B. Gardner of Co. "E" was mustered out July 1864.
(This concludes this series)

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