Civil War Diary
of William Owen, Co K., 86th NYSV

May, 1863

May 1. Took up our line of march 7AM. 
Marched about 6 miles and stopped for
dinner. Left knapsack and marched to 
the battlefield. Terrible cannonading in
the afternoon. We not engaged. Evening 
marched back to our knapsacks, two
miles. Saw number of prisoners.

May 2. Fell in 6 AM marched toward the 
battlefield, formed _____ and stopped.
Terific cannonading in the lines. 

[Transcribers note: From this point the diary fell into the hands of Mr.
Douglass, who continued to keep it.]

May 3. This last was the giving up of 
this poor Yankees diary. He kept it up
till he lost his knapsack at 
Chancellorsville fight and this book 
was found in his knapsack.

Captured on the battlefield at 
Chancellorsville, May 3rd, 1863

This ended his diary

Next I will commence on the next page

R.T. Douglass, Co. F, 47th Va.

[Transcribers note: At this point Mr. Douglass didnt  know if the diarys
original owner was dead or alive. In fact, Mr. Owen bought another diary,
filled in the previous days before he lost it as he could & continued an
account of his service for the rest of 1863. I will continue Mr. Douglass'
diary first, then pick up Mr. Owens story.]