SERGEANT CHARLES HOWARD'S DIARY

Sergeant Charles Howard enlisted September 16, 1861, at McLean, New York, to serve three years; mustered in as corporal, Co. C, October 5, 1861; promoted sergeant, March 22, 1863; wounded in action, July 1, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa.; killed in action, May 6, 1864, at the Wilderness.

The diary, a leather bound Pocket Diary for the year 1864, was originally the property of Sergeant Charles Howard, Co. C, 76th, N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, according to the following entries on the fly leaf of the book.

Chas. Howard
Serg't Co. C, 76th N.Y. Reg't.
McLean, Thompkins Co., N.Y.

Wounded & left on the field at Mine Run
May 6th 1864.

I had him moved to the side of the road, to a shade. Gave him water. We then were ordered to advance and I never heard from him afterward.

Presented by Sergeant Chas. Howard
Co. C, 76th, New York.


In accordance with the above entries, this Union soldier from New York, wounded in the Battle in the Wilderness (May 5 and 6, 1864) was found on the battlefield, by the Confederate Captain (Lucian Bean, Co. A, 17th Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A.) and made as comfortable as possible. Sergeant Howard, no doubt, fearing he might not recover from his wounds, and in return for Captain Bean's kindness presented him with his diary.

As far as I can determine, with the possible exception of his name, Sergeant Howard made only one entry, that of Saturday, February 13, 1864:

"Came up from camp for Recruiting - went over to East Cambridge - then start the Cambridge Co. I helped work hard to raise the men for the Co."


The above was transcribed from the original Diary by Wm. T. Mahoney, Mar. 1, 1956. This Diary loaned to him by Mrs. Carolyn B. Loraine, granddaughter of Capt. Bean. The transcript of Captain Bean's diary is on file at Fort Delaware, Delaware where he spent time as a prisoner of war in 1864 and 1865.

The transcript, of Capt. Bean's 1864-1865 diary, was provided to B. Conrad Bush by George Contant, Dover, Delaware a member of the Fort Delaware Society Board. Captain Bean's diary chronicles his war experiences from May 6th, 1864 to August 5th, 1865 while an officer with the 17th Mississippi Regt. C.S.A. and a prisoner of war.

Compiled by B. Conrad Bush


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