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    Union Soldier's 1863 Diary of Principle Musician Richard Dilley Company "G", 62nd Ohio Infantry Regiment, with a War-dated Letter. Musician Dilley, who enlisted in October 1861, was very diligent in writing daily in his journal, often expressing his hope to one day write some good news. Many of his entries, though, contain news of battles, skirmishes, or "rebel" sightings. During the spring Siege of Fort Sumter, Dilley wrote, "Moved up the Island about noon[?] got site of port Sumter seen her fire 10 guns. Went by my on accord up to the end of this Island could see the rebels very plain." On August 22: "day broke with the sound of heavy artillery resting on the breeze. The rebels are doing considerable damage with there guns on James Island." On September 7: "our men took fort wagoner last night. It had been evacuated by the main body of the enemy." The next day they captured "about 60 prisoners in the harbor." Throughout, he reports on the stress of the near constant "rebel firing". Dilley also records more mundane activities, such as hunting oysters, washing clothes, and the lack of pay ("the prospect for pay is still poor"). He also notes the death of "[Stonewall] Jac[k]son". Dilley's final entry is for January 28, 1864, after which he includes various lists (clothing purchased, cash accounts, and debts owed). Some entries have faded. The leather wrappers have become unbound. Overall good condition.

    Included is a March 15, 1865, letter from "Camp Before Richmond" signed "R. H. D. Principal Musician" and written to his father. This letter contains mostly religious topics, but, sensing the nearness of the end of the war, Dilley writes, "Old Jeff is, as the darkeys say, done gone for. he is played out and might as well quit. General Sheridan is [?] near Linchburg taring up canals, Railroads and everthing else. Sherman is destroying every thing in S. C. and in short - this war will very soon cease." The letter, however, has completely separated at the folds into six pieces.

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