October 30, 1864: William Stebbins Diary

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 sunny Dry Tortugas for one more diary entry from William Stebbins of the 110th New York Volunteers. Stebbins gives us a sense of just how lucky he and his comrades felt to be stationed at Fort Jefferson, far away from the carnage of the front lines:

Excerpt from a transcript of the diary of William Stebbins, part of the Lewis G. Schmidt Research Collection (M91-10, State Archives of Florida).

Excerpt from a transcript of the diary of William Stebbins, part of the Lewis G. Schmidt Research Collection (M91-10, State Archives of Florida).

Transcript:

30th

I arose early this morning and took a good bathe [sic] in the good old briny ocean. It was a beautiful sunny morning. I feel rejoiced that we are where we are not required to march or fight today but may in some measure enjoy the peace & quiet appropriate to the Sabbath. I wrote a letter to my wife & sister Harriet today. We had an interesting bible class today. This evening we had a good prayer meeting.

Stebbins and the 110th New York Volunteers remained in the Dry Tortugas for the remainder of the war, keeping watch over about 900 prisoners. The unit returned to Albany, New York in August 1865, where it was disbanded.

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