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Diary and Letters of Thomas Buchanan Linn, Drummer, 16th OVI
Excerpts from the Diaries
August, 1863
Web Author's Notes:
The following excerpts were transcribed from the diary of Thomas B. Linn, a drummer in the 16th OVI. This transcription was kindly provided by John M. Pierson who obtained it from Mary Bavender. Links to transcriptions of letters written by or to Pvt. Linn are also provided on the appropriate dates.
Pvt. Thomas Buchanan Linn

Saturday, Aug. 1, 1863

Paid for two months today, $26.00

Sunday, Aug. 2, 1863

Wrote letters to Lizzie, Becky Powers and Billy Fleming. A foundery burned, reported four negroes burned to death.

August 2, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to L.S.

Monday Aug. 3, 1863

Hot-hotter-hottest - today-. The thermometer stands at 103 in the shade.

Tuesday, Aug 4, 1863

Wrote two letters for Mr. Gore to his wife and brother. Received letters from Mother, John and Lizzie Shera.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1863

Hot and dusty.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 1863

Had dress parade of the 16th Ohio and 22nd Kentucky together and a short battalion drill after which Col. Monroe of 22nd invited our Drum Corps to his quarters and treated us.

Friday, Aug. 7, 1863

Received a letter from Brownhill, a Republican and three United Presbyterians from Father.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 1863

Great review and inspection of arms ordered for today -- regiment stacked arms and left them out all day -- no inspector came. Wrote a letter for Mr. Gore to his wife.

Sunday, Aug. 9, 1863

Robertson and I went up town to a negro church - white man preached. On the road up saw a fight between a Soldier and a Mexican. Saw a negro couple married in the church by a white minister -- the first wedding I ever witnessed. Wrote letters to Mother and Cicero.

August 9, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to Mother

Monday, Aug. 10, 1863

Brigade inspected by Captains Foster and Mulligan. Captains McClure, Cunningham and Lieut. Boling start home on furlough today.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1863

Feaster of Co. A. drowned in Mississippi river this morning. Beat the drum at his funeral this afternoon. Sam Gray, George Smith and I go up town tonight.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1863

Beat the drum at two funerals today. One a member of Co. G, the other a Lieutenant in the 22nd Kentucky. Received letters from Dave Williams, Tom Bird and Lizzie. Marching orders this evening.

Thursday, Aug. 13, 1863

Preparing to go aboard the boat today. Go aboard this afternoon, and start down the river between 8 and 9 o'clock tonight. Our regiment and the 22nd KY. on board the John Raine.

Friday, Aug. 14, 1863

Stopped at Natchez this morning. Had my drum stolen last night. Officer of the Day sent men to search the boat. Barge with all our wagons on board floundered in wind and rain storm and many wagons lost. Found my drum -- it was lost not stolen.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 1863

Pass Port Hudson and Baton Rouge today and stop at Carrollton six miles above New Orleans about 8 o'clock this evening.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 1863

Boys all off the boat this morning and up town. Regiments leave the boat in the afternoon and march to the rear of the town. Camp.

Monday, Aug. 17, 1863

Wrote letters to Lizzie, Brownhill and Lizzie Shera.

August 17, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to L.S.

August 17, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to Brother Brownhill

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1863

Went down town today for ice and lemons for Lieut. Corn and missed guard mounting.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1863

Went down to New Orleans this afternoon to see the city.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 1863

Mail in -- received letters Lizzie and Uncle Frey and a Gazette. Answered Lizzie's letter and commenced on the Uncle Frey.

Friday, Aug. 21, 1863

Downtown - Carrollton.

August 21, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to L.S.

August 21, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to Uncle A.B. Frey

Saturday, Aug. 22, 1863

Grand review of our Corps by Gen. Banks this afternoon. The Corps formed in Columns by divisions.

Sunday, Aug. 23, 1863

Down town all day.

Monday, Aug. 24, 1863

Wrote a letter for J.R. Gore to his wife and for Ike McCollugh to his wife. Finished my long letter to Uncle Frey. Enlisted two years ago today.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1863

Received letters from Cy Martin and John F. Linn and two Republicans.

Thursday, Aug 27, 1863

Wrote two letters for Mr. Gore. Sent my pants to be washed.

Friday, Aug. 28, 1863

Lay around until pants dry. Have dress parade.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 1863

Had another grand review by Gen. Banks. Wrote to Lizzie.

August 29, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to L.S.

Sunday, Aug. 30, 1863

Went out to Lake Ponchatrain on 12:30 P.M. train. Had a salt water bath in the lake and came back to camp on the 7 P.M. train.

Monday, Aug. 31, 1863

Had an inspection and mustered for pay at four o'clock P.M. Helped Lieut. Corn to make out pay rolls all day.

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