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June  1862 Chauncey's Coat

SUNDAY, JUNE 1

At 6 the battle of Fair Oack (Oaks) began. the 5 (?) opened the fight & the 52 N. Y. ran then the 64th went in & drove the rebs back. Alexander Oglevie, Harrison Clark, G. Grautier & G. Parmer was killed & fifteen or twenty was wounded.

 

MONDAY 2

A. M. the dead was buried & the 64th was Rumfeesled (?) until 9 P. M. when we went out on Picket it rained all night. Chance acted as Corporal But don't fancy it much.

TUESDAY 3

In the morning it cleared up & was hot as fury. the Rebs Sheled us or tried to But Capt. Pettits Battery soon silenced them. At 4 P. M. we were relieved.

WEDNESDAY 4

We waked up in water kneedeep. Some of the boys were almost covered in water before they waked up. After a short time we were removed to a little better piece of ground But it rained all day.

 

THURSDAY 5

No rain Cloudy There was heavy cannonadeing and the Rebs tried to erajs (erase?) the R. R. but the shells made them skadadle. We cleaned our guns & waited for inspection.

FRIDAY 6

Death of the 64th Regt New York Volentiers. We are put into the Irish Brigade under Co. Mahar. Some fireing on the wright.

 

SATURDAY 7

Eight of us went up to Hospital to bring down the wounded, got back & then our Regt was Bumslicued (?) over in the rear of Pettits Battery again. Some shelling on the Wright.

SUNDAY 8

8 A. M. Firing among the Pickets. A large force went out to support them.

P. M. we advanced ¾ of a mile. heavy firing to retake the Rifle pitts. But we took them back before night.

MONDAY 9

The troops were choping woods in front of us. P. M. the Rebs throwed a few shells over here, but no damage done.

TUESDAY 10

Today is my birthday. A. M. rained. we laied abed untill noon. P. M. Moved up on to the mudeyest (muddiest) piece of land that the General could find, guess he is satisfied now. Sick.

WEDNESDA Y 11

We were called into line at 9 oclock A. M. Stood one hour, then sit down with our guns in our hands, one hour. We was not called out after three oclock. The sharp hooters (sharpshooters) continue to pick off the Rebels.

THURSDAY 12

Sick. Heavy fireing among the Pickets at 1-1/2 oclock A. M. We was in line in less than two  minutes. But the fireing soon ceased. P. M. Packed up & moved back 1/2mile.

 

FRIDAY 13

Sick but not ex. (?) Heavy cannonadeing on the Wright at 5 A. M. Guess the Rebs want to find our batterys. The Sharp shooters have silenced their guns 8 A. M. P. M. all quiet along the lines.

 

SATURDAY 14

Sick. went up to sergeans (sergeants) at 5 A. M. got some pills but did not get excused. 11 A. M. struck tents until 3 P. M. then pitched them on the same ground. It was terible hot to lay in the sun.

SUNDAY 15

Sick as usual done my best & got excused. Slept all day. the Regt was called into line several times during the day. Slept upon our arms.

MONDAY 16

Sick, but a little better. It was quite cool but at noon it was hot. All quiet at 5 P. M. Mr. Bealy Rick arived from the Hospital. his health is not very good.

TUESDAY 17

Arose at 3 A. M. stood in line 1 -12 hours. At 8 A. M. we heard heavy fireing in the direction of fort Darling ceased at 10. At 5 P. M. General inspection. Roll call at dark.

WEDNESDAY 18

We was called into line three times last night before 12. Then marched one mile to support G. Burns. B. was under arms all night. All on account of the Pickets fireing. tonight we drove the Reb pickets in heavy fireing on the wright.

THURSDAY 19

I have been sick. The boys have been under arms all day. Yesterday our Regt worked on the forts. Tonight there has been some shelling & musketry on the wright wing of the Army.

FRIDAY 20

Sick & excused. Wrote a letter to Lieut. Pettit. The Rebs shelled us a little But not much damage done. At 5 P. M. we saw the Baloon rise (?) Some firing among the pickets during the night.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21

A. M. All quiet. 3 P. M. fireing among the Pickets. At 6 P. M. quite a battle in our front. Artillery played well. Our B is in line of battle 20 rods in front of our Camp. At 8 they turned in.

SUNDAY 22

A. M. All is quiet, I am sick. Inspection at 8 A. M. After which the Chap­lain made a prayer & spoke a few words to the Regt. At 9 P. M. our Regt went out on Picket - All is quiet.

MONDAY 23

8 A. M. the book & I went out to carry the boys some breakfast. It is a pleasant place out there. At 3 P. M. the 64th was relieved. At 6 P. M. heavy fireing on the Picket lines.

 

TUESDAY 24

I am quite sick. All is quiet along the lines. Last night it rained very hard.

Welly & I lay in water two inches deep this morning. It has rained some today.

 

WEDNESDAY 25

5 P. M. the weather is quite cool, saw the balloon up. A. M. heavy fireing in front. Artillery played all day. We have advanced our lines two miles. P. M. I got some flouer (flour) & made some porage (porridge). hope I shall get better.

 

THURSDAY 26

Sick yet. Our Regt was out most of the night & day. Sharp fireing all along the (line) At 3:30 P. M. heavy canadeing on the wright wing. Ceased at 8. Then the Bands played until

12 P. M.

FRIDAY 27 Sick. 3 AM G Porter commenced on the wright ceased at 7 In A. M. abt 12, he retreated fireing all the afternoon At 7 P. M. heavy musketry & artillery fireing all along the lines.

SATURDAY 28

Sick. Early in the morning there was heavy fireing on the wright. Gen.

Porter was driven arost the Chahominy by S. Jackson. At Dark our D. went to reinforce him.

SUNDAY 29

Sick. The boys got back at 3 A. M. Then our Brigade went in front. I went to Hospital. At 3 P. M. The grand Army of the P. C. comced (commenced?) a grand skedaddle. The sick went ahead.

MONDAY 30

Last night we stoped a little beyond Savage Station. At midnight the mule train started. Today we marched about four miles & stoped at the landing six miles above city point.