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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...
January, 1865 – Beaufort, South Carolina

January, 1865 – Beaufort, Sou...

  Beginning location: Near Savannah, Georgia Jan. 1 – 7 From this date up to Saturday 7th little of importance took place, until Saturday when Gen. O. O. Howard reviewed the gallant old 15th A. C. and the boys having nearly...
Oklahoma Son of Union Veteran Dies

Oklahoma Son of Union Veteran Dies

This news is not directly related to the Diary of Charles F. Nelson, but I thought it interesting enough to include here. A news article from Tulsa’s Channel 6 announces the death of John Whitman, one of two remaining sons of Union...
December, 1864 – March to the Sea

December, 1864 – March to the...

  Beginning location: Near Sandersville, Georgia A continuation of Sherman’s March to the Sea. [Blogger’s note:  I encourage you to read this article. It gives a good overview, especially the events surrounding the fall...
November, 1864 – March Toward Savannah

November, 1864 – March Toward...

Beginning Location:  Cave Springs, Georgia Nov. 1 Reveille at 6, march at 7 through Cave Springs.  Turned south and passed through Cedar Town and went into camp at 3pm, after marching 9 miles. Received mail at Cave Springs. Nov....
October, 1864 – Protecting Sherman’s Supply Line

October, 1864 – Protecting Sh...

  Beginning Location:  Unclear, presumably near original regimental camp near Decatur, Georgia Oct.1 Saturday.  Get up with severe headache and find it wet out of tent.  Many rumors about Indiana soldiers going home to vote and...
TOCWOC: 150 years ago, November 1862

TOCWOC: 150 years ago, November 186...

For a general overview of the Civil War situation during November, 1862, you may like to read: 150 years ago, November 1862 by James Durney Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new...
September, 1864 – Surrender of Atlanta

September, 1864 – Surrender o...

Beginning Location:  Near Marietta, Georgia Sep. 1 This is my birthday which makes me 40 years old, broke down and in poor health.  Rumors of heavy fighting in front, nothing official.  Great battle on the Macon RR south of Atlanta....
August, 1864 – Siege of Atlanta

August, 1864 – Siege of Atlan...

Beginning Location:  Near Decatur, Georgia Aug. 1 Monday.  A little rain this morning, clearing off about noon and turning very warm.  Another Confed. dies.  1st Georgia Co. C. Aug. 2 Today we moove the hospital 2 miles west and the...
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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.