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Diary of Peter Shelly
Private, Company I
Private, Company C, 114th OVI
September 3, 1862 through August 17, 1865
Web Author's Notes:
Images of the diary of Pvt. Peter Shelly were submitted to this website by Jon Fackler, great great grandson of the soldier. Excerpts were transcribed from the diary by the web author and reflect the actual diary text as accurately as possible. It should be noted that the 16th OVI left Morganza, Louisiana, on October 6, 1864, bound for home and mustering out of the regiment but Pvt. Shelly, along with others from the regiment, stayed in Morganza and were transferred to the 114th OVI. This is because they enlisted into the 16th OVI later than most of the regiment and had time left on their three year term of service. Also, please note that Peter Shelly was listed in various Civil War-era documents as Peter Shelby and is entered into the 16th OVI searchable database on this website as such (Shelby).
Page From Date To Date Events
1-2 September 3, 1862 October 17, 1862 Left home for Wooster; Camp Dennison; joined regiment at Oak Hill (Portland), Ohio
3-4 October 21, 1862 December 27, 1862 Oak Hill, Ohio to Charleston, (West) Virginia; steamboat to Memphis; steamboat to Yazoo River, skirmishing at Chickasaw Bayou
5-6 December 28, 1862 May 1, 1863 Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, capture, prison in Jackson, Mississippi; parole, exchanged and transport to New Orleans
7-8 May 10, 1863 May 20, 1863 Arrival in New York, Annapolis, Camp Parole; transport home to Wooster, Ohio
9-10 October 20, 1863 November 22, 1863 Home at Wooster, Ohio; transportation to meet regiment , Cincinnati, Cairo, Memphis, Vicksburg, New Orleans, Algiers, Louisiana
11-12 November 25, 1863 April 24, 1864 New Orleans to Matagorda Bay, Texas; Indianola, Texas; drowning of 69th Indiana men; back to New Orleans; Alexandria, Louisiana
13-14 April 26, 1864 May 18, 1864 Skirmishing outside Alexandria; Rapides Bayou, hard fighting near Atchafalaya River
15-16 May 20, 1864 September 23, 1864 Atchafalaya River, Morganza Bend, Louisiana; Reviews by Generals Emery, Sickles, Reynolds; skirmishing
17-18 October 6, 1864 December 13, 1864 16th Regiment leaves for home; Shelly transferred to 114th OVI; scouting around Atchafalaya, Morganza, White River
19-20 January 8, 1865 April 11, 1865 Left Morganza, Louisiana; crossed Lake Ponchartrain to Fort Barrancas, Florida; Battle of Blakely, Alabama - last Civil War battle
21-22 April 21, 1865 June 20, 1865 Camp at Blakely, Alabama; occupation of Selma, Alabama; Galveston to Houston, Texas
23-24 June 20, 1865 August 7, 1865 Houston to Millican, Texas; mustered out at Houston; voyage home through Mobile, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Vicksburg
25-26 August 9, 1865 August 17, 1865 Passed Memphis, Cairo, Indianapolis and home to Columbus, Ohio
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