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Samuel W. Dearborn Diary, 1 Jan. 29-29 Aug 1864

Manuscript volume, 1 January-29 August 1864, diary of Samuel W. Dearborn, a private in Co. D, Third New Hampshire Infantry, constitutes a record of eight months in the life of a Yankee soldier in South Carolina and Virginia. A resident of Hampton, N.H., Dearborn enlisted on 23 August 1861, served for three years, and was mustered out on 23 August 1864.

Entries for the first few months were written while Dearborn was stationed at Port Royal and describe the mundane life of a soldier. Then, on 25 April, his unit "received order[s] to depart" and "went on Board the Steamer North Star" bound for Virginia. Once there, Dearborn's notations become lengthier as he tells of skirmishes at Chester Station, Drewry's Bluff, Ware Bottom Church, and Deep Bottom Run. He was careful to record the names of the killed and wounded in his company.

The diary also faithfully records daily weather conditions and the arrivals and departures of ships carrying mail to and from "Sarah." On 11 March Dearborn reported,"had my picture taken today, paid three dollars for it." Later, on 22 June, he wrote,"President Lincoln passed through our camp today, the reg[imen]t gave him three shouts."

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