A Confederate A Federal

William Wallace van Amber
Civil War Diaries & Letters


Diary Entries May 3, 1864

Diary entry Dated 05/01/64

Tues. May 3, 1864

Broke camp tonight about 11 o.c. Marched all night and most all day. Crossed the Rapidan at Gemanu Ford. Went about 4 miles and camped.

Diary entry Dated 05/05/64

Thu. May 5, 1864

Started this morning at sunrise. Marched 2 miles. Laid down in line of battle. It is 12 o.c. Our skirmishers are firing pretty sharp. We was taken out about 1 mile to some breastworks. We had some hot work. Was taken back a peace and lay till about 4 O. c. We was then taken about 2 miles to the left to support the 6 corps. Went in in two lines of battle and took the Johnnies on the right drove them.

Fri. May 6, 1864

15 men from each company was post on picket last night. I was one of them. I was kept on reserve till day light then put on skirmish. I worked at that till about 10 o.c. when I got hit and got back to the rear.

Diary entry Dated 05/07/64

Sat. May 7, 1964

Laid in the hospital all day today. Was put into the ambulance tonight. Rode all night.

Sun. May 8, 1864

Rode all day today and all night,

Mon. May 9,1864

Got to Fredericksburg about noon. I got out of the ambulance. Went into a gard. Laid about one hour then walked about half a mile

Diary entry Dated 05/??/64

Tues. May 10, 1864

Here we lay in an old tobacco factory 5 stories high 120 feet long by sixty wide with 12 windows on a side and not one in it. This is a hard place, no bandages, not half blankets enough and nothing but beef tea to eat.

Wed. May 11, 1864

Am still laying here at Fredericksburg. There was 3300 rebs passed through here today guarded by darkeys. There was some 20 women nurses sent by Mrs. Dix.