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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 13 - April 26 to May 5, 1864

April 26th

Arrived at Alexandria and disembarked.

April 27th

Marched 3 miles beyond town and camped.

April 28th

Were called out and were formed in line of Battle in the evening we fell back and dug Rifle Pits.

May 2nd

Left camp at 10 O.clock A.M. Our regiment deployed as Skirmishers at night we returned to Camp.

May 5th

Left Camp at 6 oclock A.M. Skirmished all day charged them twice and drove them 8 miles. Returned to camp the same night.

Page 14 - May 6 to May 18, 1864

May 6th

Skirmished all day.

May 7th

Advanced 7 miles driving them across Rapides Bayou. returned the same night.

May 13th

Left Alexandria and marched 13 miles and camped.

May 18th

Arrived at Atchaflaya River After considerable trouble with the enemys Cavalry.

May 18th

The 16th & 17th Corps had hard fighting all day heavy losses on both sides.

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