October 18, 1864: William Stebbins Diary Entry

The following post is part of an ongoing series entitled Civil War Voices from Florida. Each day in October 2014, Florida Memory will post a document from the collections of the State Archives of Florida written exactly 150 years before that date, in October 1864.

Today we return to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson, occupied by William Stebbins and the 110th New York Volunteers. Stebbins shares a bit more about his daily routine as a soldier:

Excerpt from William Stebbins Diary (Lewis G. Schmidt Research Files - M91-10, State Archives of Florida).

Excerpt from William Stebbins Diary (Lewis G. Schmidt Research Files – M91-10, State Archives of Florida).

Transcript:

18th

I feel better today but I thought I would rest today. It rained hard all night & has rained some this forenoon. I have been washing some & mending my clothes & fixing in our things for my convenience. I have just wrote a letter for one of my fellow soldiers. I have great reason to rejoice when I reflect my advantages have been such that I have secured an education sufficient to do the ordinary business of life & correspondence with my friends in my absence. Davies lies on his hammoc [sic] fast asleep while I am writing. A soldier becomes much habituated to [noise] & confusion that he can fall asleep almost any where.

 

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