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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).

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Peter Shelly

Wooster, Wayne Co.,



Company C 114 Regt. OVI

Note: Peter Shelly lists himself, here, as a member of the 114th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, however, he actually began his military service in Company I of the 16th OVI where he spent the majority of his service, transferring to the 114th OVI on October 5, 1864, after serving over two years in the 16th OVI. Since Shelly did not enlist in the 16th until this three-year regiment was already one year old, Shelly and others whose three year term was not yet due to expire, were transferred into the 114th OVI to serve out their term. It is likely Private Shelly originated or transcribed this diary near the end or even after the war.

Page 2 - September 3 to October 17, 1862

Memorandum of Sept. 1862

September 3rd

Left home for Wooster. Left Wooster on the 5th for Columbus arrived there at 10 Oclock P.M. the same day.

September 9th

Left Columbus for Cincinnati arrived there 10 Oclock P.M. the same day and went into Quarters at the Washington Park house.

September 25th

We left Cincinnati for Camp Dennison arrived there the same day at 4 P.M.

October 17th

Left Camp Dennison for Oak hill where we found our regiment the same day at 1 P.M.

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