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Charles F. Nelson – 12th Indiana Volunteers

Charles F. Nelson – 12th Indi...

One of my prized possessions is a replica of the diary that my great-great-grandfather Charles F. Nelson kept while in the army during the Civil War.  The diary was self-published by Franklin Vance Nelson, grandson to Charles and first...
A Visit to Indiana

A Visit to Indiana

  In early October, 2012, I had the opportunity to visit the Kosciusko/Wabash County area of Indiana for the first...
Why I Love Thee

Why I Love Thee

    A poem written by Charles F. Nelson at Ft. Loomis   Why I Love Thee Dost thou ask me why I love thee Wouldst thou know why thou are dear Wouldst thou have me truly tell thee Listen Mary, thou shalt hear. True it is that...
Notes About the Diary

Notes About the Diary

  The following notes were added at the end of the reprinted diary that was compiled by my relative Franklin Vance Nelson, in 1959:   There are four books of the diary, and only three were used in making this copy. One...
June, 1865 – Mustered Out

June, 1865 – Mustered Out

  Beginning Location:  Washington, District of Columbia Jun. 1 Day pleasant. Assist Capt. Hazzard on his 51 unis and muster out rolls. Health good. Jun. 2 Still in our camp near Washington, D. C. Work on the muster out rolls. Jun....
May, 1865 – Grand Review

May, 1865 – Grand Review

  Beginning Location: Raleigh, North Carolina May 1 Marched at 5am. Morning cool and pleasant. Marched 8 miles and rested. Crossed Jefferson’s Creek at Heartsfield’s Mills. Marched 10 miles and crossed Tar River. Went into...
April, 1865 – Assassination and Surrender

April, 1865 – Assassination a...

  Beginning Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina Apr. 2 Co. inspection by the Capt. Still unwell, not able for duty, drew 5 days rations. Apr. 3 Quite sick this morning. Still off duty. Apr. 4 Today there was the usual amt of drills...
Synopsis of Carolina Campaign

Synopsis of Carolina Campaign

The following text is taken from http://www.mooresvillehistory.com/.  This is a poor website but it does have a good synopsis of Sherman’s Carolina Campaign and the Battle of Bentonville (North Carolina).   The Battle of...
March, 1865 – Battle of Bentonville

March, 1865 – Battle of Bento...

Beginning Location:  Near Cheraw, South Carolina Mar. 1 Mooved 1/2 mile, threw up works and rested in camp until morning. Mar. 2 Mooved out of camp at 7 1/2. Crossed Linch Creek on Dilles Bridge. Wet all day, marched to Black Creek and...
February, 1865 – Capture of Columbia

February, 1865 – Capture of C...

Beginning Location:  Near McPhersonville, South Carolina. Feb. 1 Wednesday. Reveille at 5, marched at 6. Our company rear guard.  Skirmishing by our advance with Wheeler’s Cavalry, 2 men killed. Camped at Hickory Grove at sundown...
Fire at Columbia S. C.

Fire at Columbia S. C.

[The following is from the fourth book of Charles F. Nelson’s Diary, and it appears that this was written after his return home at the end of the war.] In regard to the fire at Columbia, S. C. Feb 17, 1865 – were met by the...
About Us
In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this blog recounts the thoughts and actions of Charles F. Nelson, a soldier in Company I, 12th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, as he recorded them in his personal diaries. Living in Silver Lake, Kosciusko County, Indiana with his wife Mary Rittenhouse Nelson and family, Charles was a farmer at the time of enlistment. His diaries give short daily accounts of camp life, illness, routine duties and his witness to some of the biggest events of the Civil War.