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Diary and Letters of Thomas Buchanan Linn, Drummer, 16th OVI
Excerpts from the Diaries
September, 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

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 1863

Wrote a letter for Uncle John Gore to his wife. Put Ike McCullough's name on his new oil cloth for him. Orders to be ready for a ten days march to be made in light marching order were read to the regiment at dress parade this evening.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1863

Wrote letters to Lizzie, Father, Dave Williams and Tom Bird.

September 2, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to Father

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

September 3, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to L.S.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 1863

Received letter from Lizzie, answered it and tore open the one written yesterday and put this one in with it. Wrote to Dick and Fitzgerald.

Friday, Sept. 4, 1863

Grand review of the 13th Army Corps. this A.M. by Gen. Grant. The old Hero was welcomed by cheer on cheer which made the welkin ring. Marking knapsacks, tents, etc., this afternoon. We leave in the morning.

September 5, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to Mother

Saturday, Sept. 5, 1863

Lay all day expecting to move every hour. Third brigade went this evening and we wait until morning.

Sunday, Sept. 6, 1863

Came aboard the steam-boat Atlantic and run down to Algiers this morning. Waited in Algiers for railroad train until about 4 o'clock P.M. when we went aboard and started, running nearly all night and arriving at Bayou Beauf in the after part of the night. Some of our boys and Lieutenant of a New York regiment had quite a row in Algiers.

Monday, Sept. 7, 1863

Day spent by the boys in fixing up their tents. Some of the boys fishing for sea crabs.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1863

Tents all to be moved again this morning. Take a bath in the Bayou.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1863

Day hot and night cool.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 1863

Day passed about as yesterday, nothing going on. At midnight we received orders to march at day-break.

Friday, Sept. 11, 1863

Reveillee at three o'clock A.M. and start for Brashear city, distant nine miles, at day-break on foot. Arrive at our journey's end at noon. Nearly gone up -- sun very hot and I had slight touch of sun-stroke. Regiment lay in shade all afternoon and put up tents in the evening. Shower of rain this evening.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 1863

Feel better this morning. Flag of truce came from the enemy to the other side of bay. Could not find out what it meant. Changed our tents again today. Mail in - received a Republican - no letters for me.

Sunday, Sept. 13, 1863

A hot day. A flag of truce went up the bay to the Rebels.

Monday, Sept. 14, 1863

Shower of rain this evening. Was shaved by Henry Hyatt. Strict orders against pillaging were read at dress parade this evening. Also that no passes are to be granted to anyone. Hugh McLaughlin and Shep. Moore come back to the regiment today.

Tuesday, Sept 15, 1863

A grand inspection this forenoon and battalion drill this afternoon. Mail in - nothing for me -- letter for Ike.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 1863

Two drills today. Quite a hard storm of wind and rain in the afternoon.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 1863

Very hot until towards evening when it begins to drizzle rain with some wind. Let our tent down.

Friday, Sept. 18, 1863

A cold rainy night and still cold this morning. Cold, raw day and prospect of a cold night.

Saturday, Sept. 19, 1863

More pleasant than yesterday but still cold at night. Charlie and I sleep warm enough though by lying on part of one blanket, throwing the remainder and our other blanket over us.

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1863

Regimental inspection this morning by Major Mills. Mail came in, received a Republican of Sept. 3rd.

September 20, 1863 - letter from Father to T.B.L.

abt. September 20, 1863 - letter from Mother to T.B.L.

Monday, Sept. 21, 1863

Today as yesterday very monotonous. Hear that Col. DeCourcy is ordered back to his regiment. Hope it is true.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1863

Had earache last night and headache today.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1863

Severe pains in head and bowels today. High fever tonight and quite sick. Third and Fourth Brigades consolidated and put under the Command of Gen. Lawler. Saw the old cub at dress-parade.

Thursday, Sept 24, 1863

Head feels better this morning - bowels worse and have diarrhea. Went to the Doctor every time I had passage and took some bitter drops. Eat nothing all day. Beat drum for a funeral in the 7th Kentucky and when we came back to camp I threw up my medicine. Mail in - received letter from Mary Ellen Williams and a Republican of September 10th.

Friday, Sept. 25, 1863

Ordered to move across the bay at three o'clock this P.M. Bowels about as yesterday. Doctor gave me a pill this morning. Move across the bay this afternoon and march about a mile and a half from the landing and go into camp. Dan McLaughlin of the 22nd Kentucky carried my drum and I his. Am very weak and tired. Put up our tents. Tom Dill of Co. E. came up with the regiment.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 1863

Received a letter from Newt Gorsuch. I feel better today. Evening - Am worse since supper -- have pain in my bowels again -- had three passages before dark. Went to the Doctor and took a powder - Quinine I think. Doctor instructed me not to eat anything for two days.

Sunday, Sept. 27, 1863

Feel much better this morning an am hungry - eat my meals and they don't hurt me. Our knapsacks come up -- mine all right. Write to Father and Lizzie. Grand review of the First Division by Gen. Ord. Harry Myers and I take a walk, have a long talk until quite late and on our return to camp found furloughed men back. Hunt Newt Gorsuch up and had a chat with him. Glad he is back again.

September 27, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to Father and Mother

September 27, 1863 - letter from T.B.L. to L.S.

Monday, Sept. 28, 1863

Talked all forenoon with Newt Gorsuch, and this afternoon wrote to Ike McCullough, John Schafer, John F. Linn and Mary Ellen Williams. Drew shelter tent.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1863

Rained all day without any intermission. Reading Ride to York or Death of Black Bess.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1863

Rained very hard last night, came through tent and blankets wetting everything. Clears in afternoon and sun comes out. Finished reading "Ride to York or Death of Black Bess."

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