Transcribers note: Mr. Owen continues to describe his experiences as a soldier in the Civil War as he purchased another leather bound diary of the pocket variety. Contained in the pocket is a newspaper clipping of a poem entitled On the Rapidan by Kate Putnam as well as a newspaper editorial regarding the assassination of President Lincoln. William Owen, CoK 86th NYVols. 1864 Jan 1, 1864. Another new year has commenced & finds me in camp near Brandy Station, Va. & in good health. Thank God for it and may He grant that this year may be spent in doing much good. ___ may discountenance drunkenness, profanity & sin of every form and encourage virtue & religion. P.M. had a season of prayre in my tent with my friends in fullfillment of the covenant made one year ago to-day. Jan 2. Went on picket about five miles from camp & near Culpeper. Very rough & hard moving. Arrived on the line about one PM. At five PM was relieved by the 184 NY Regt to go to camp & get pay. Arrived in camp eight in the evening. Jan 3. First Sabbath of the new year. Attended meeting in the commissary tent. Text & AM the God. Was called out of meeting to get pay. Evening attended experience meeting, had a good time. God was with us & did bless. Jan 4. Stayed in camp all day. Snowed hard. Wrote letter to my friend Prescott Mc Minde. Evening detailed for picket. Jan 5. Went on picket near Culpeper, arrived on the line about ten AM. Was on reserve. Very cold weather. Jan 6. Still on picket, received letters from home. Also one from Mrs. D Hilborn. PM answered the same. Jan 7. Relieved from picket ten AM to go to camp and prepare for home. Marched to Brandy Station, took the cars 8 PM, road all night. Arrived in Washington at daylight in the morning. Jan 8. The regiment marched from the long bridge to the soldiers retreat & stayed through the day. Went out to town doing some trading. Jan 9. Took the cars ten AM for Baltimore, arrived there soon after dark. Stayed in the soldiers retreat through the night. Jan 10. Marched to the Northern depot-took the cars ten AM for Elmira. Road all day, passed Harrisburg that night. Road all night, very tired & sleepy. Jan 11. Arrived in Williamsport at day break. Road all day & arrived in Elmira four PM. Marched through the city. Did not meet with as hearty a reception as we expected. Stayed in the city hall through the night. Jan 12. Stayed in Elmira all day. Done some tradeing. Jan 13. Took the cars at Elmira for Cameron. Arrived in Cameron twelve N. Walked home, arrived home three PM. A hearty welcome! Thank God that he has permitted me to meet with my friends once more. May I ever give Him all the praise. Jan 14. Went to ___ ___ ___ father. ___ on Hunts Hill. All things seem strange as I again mingle in civilized society, but enjoy myself very much. Tis God that has blessed me & permitted me to ___ with my friends & loved ones. Jan 15. Visited my sister for the first time in two years. Jan 16. Visited my friends the Hubbards PM. Attended covenant meeting for the first time in nearly three years. Had a good time, the Lord blessed my soul. Jan 17. Attended church on old south hill. Enjoyed myself very much. How good the Lord is in ___ bringing me unworthy creature back and more to the society of my friends & loved ones. Jan 18. Took leave of my friend George Knapp & went home. PM went to Woodhull with my father, saw some of my soldier friends. Had a good visit at Mrs. Warners. The remains of Capt John Warner were brought home. Jan 19. Took leave of my friend Solomon Wildrick. Called at Mr. Lyons-also at Mr. Andress. Also at Mr. Walraths, also at Mr. Stuarts. Had a good visit! Enjoyed myself very much. God be thanked. Jan 20. Visited my friend Joseph Reynolds. Was also at Grandfathers & evening attended spelling at my old school-house. Happy thoughts of the days that I used to spend here when a small boy. Jan 21. Went to Jasper to visit my friend Gilbert. Did not come as promised. PM returned home. Evening went to my brothers. Stayed overnight. Jan 22. Went to see my friend A Simonds & did not find him at home. PM returned home with my sister. Had a pleasant ride. Evening attended an R Fakey supper at Nelson Perys. Had a pleasant time. After supper went to Jasper, arrived three in the morning. Jan 23. Went to my old school house, returned to my brothers with his team. PM went home. Saw two of my cousins, evening returned to my brothers, visited Mr. George Wentworth with my brother ___ his ___. Jan 24. 5th Chapter of Ephisians, part of the 14th verse. Wherefore he sayeth, awake thou that sleepest & rise from the dead. Attended church at Jasper. Funeral sermon by Rev. Mr. Powell, NE Church. PM attended same church. Funeral sermon of one of my fellow soldiers by Rev. Mr. Rassen of Presbyterian Church. A good sermon from the aboved named. Jan 25. Went to Mr. Andresses, stopped at Elias Jones in the AM. Took dinner & then returned home. Warm & pleasant, the snow all going off. Evening set up with the corpse of Mrs. Hilborn. My grandfather died nine oclock, thus death surrounds us on every hand. But what differeth it to us if we are only prepared. Jan 26. Attended the burial of my Captain (John Warner) at Woodhull. A great crowd of people took charge of the escort. Marched into the street after which Capt. Barton took charge the prosession, passed off finely. Evening attended visiting party at the Bartons. Jan 27. Attended the funeral of my grandfather, thus one is passing away after another. But a few short years and we shall all be gone. May God grant that our last hours may be peaceful as this man. O how bright ___ light to pass over Jordan. God have all the praise. Jan 28. Visited Elder Stuart in the AM. PM visited at Mr. Luicks; evening went to my brothers, stayed all night. He that loveth abundance shal not be contented with increase. Jan 29. Stayed at my brothers through the AM. PM prepared for the danations. Eve attended danation. Visit at Mrs. Seach. Had a splendid time. Industry, honesty and temperance are elements of contentment. Jan 30. Returned home from the danation. Visited with my friend A Simons. PM went to Mr. Hubbards, saw my old friend Asa. Evening attended singing school. Jan 31. Attended church on South Hill. Sermon by Elder Jacob Stuart. Text came unto me all ye that labor & are heavy laden & I will give you rest, for my yoke is easy & my burden is light! A good sermon.
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