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