Diary, Charles H. Bushee, 1863 (Ms2009-055)

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Title

Diary, Charles H. Bushee, 1863 (Ms2009-055)

Subject

Description

Bushee's diary is an account of his duties and the movements of Company E, 112 th Regiment, New York Infantry, from January to mid-November of 1863. Each entry begins with the phrase "1 day for Uncle Sam" and in the cash accounts in the back of the diary, Bushee refers to his pay as coming from "Uncle Sam." From September of 1862 to June of 1863, the 112 th New York Infantry was stationed in central and eastern Virginia. Bushee writes frequently of picket duty and skirmishes around Franklin, Carville [sic] (likely Carrsville), and Norfolk, Virginia. He also provides some details of the siege at Suffolk in April 1863.

In July, the regiment began the trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Bushee reports on the shelling at Fort Sumter from his posts around Fort Wagner, Black Island, and Charleston in August. Although he seems he often notes being ordered to and going to the front, he does not detail his actions there. By September, Bushee's increasing illness begins to dominate his diary. The last eight weeks of entries, ending abruptly on November 18 th, consists of little more than "feel unwell." Bushee died three weeks later.

The latter pages of the diary contain detailed cash accounts of Bushee's purchases, as well as a list of dead and wounded from the company, and dates he served on guard and picket duty.

Date

Access Rights

Collection is open to research.

Language

English

Type

Identifier

Ms2009-055_BusheeCharlesH_Diary_1863

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Charles H. Bushee Diary, 1863, Ms2009-055 - Special Collection, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Collection

Citation

Bushee, Charles H., “Diary, Charles H. Bushee, 1863 (Ms2009-055),” VT Special Collections Online, accessed November 18, 2017, http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/CivilWar/Ms2009-055_BusheeCharlesH_Diary_1863.