Transcription of the Diary of Edward Hill, May 3, 1864 - May 8, 1864

Germanna River Crossing with Grant's troops

Tuesday, May 3

Played Ball with the 44th. They beat the 16th badly. Marched to day toward Culpepper

Wednesday, May 4

Strike Tents sounded at 11 o clock last night, so got but little sleep. Fell in and marched rapidly toward the Rapidan    One year ago to [day] we were getting out of Chancellorsville 2 years ago the Rebs got out of Yorktown    Crossed at Germanna Ford and marched toward Mine Run.

Thursday, May 5

Bivouacked and slept behind our stacks last night. What is to day bring forth[?] threw up breastworks early in the morning. Then was ordered to the cooks train back to Mitchell’s Culpepper Ford    started out with the train and bivouacked with it. ordered at 2 o clock a.m. of the 6th to march to the front. Joseph Shrieve [Schrieve] discharged by Col Smith.

Friday, May 6

Finally this morning arrived at the front at 6AM, terrible fighting going on all along the lines our Brigade lost heavily yesterday 5 o clock surrounded and apparently cut off    6th Corps broken, I fear a rout, 7 o clock stole out through a gap in the Rebel lines    Gen Griffin suffered the 83rd & 16th lost.

Saturday, May 7

Four o clock. Skirmishing in the extreme front    sitting behind a trim tree all sliced by cannon shot and musketry. The old 16th has fought well today, good many wounded-   Nothing to eat all day, list in killed and wounded about 60 in my company Rice, Wilbur, Naylor and Heinburg wounded-

Sunday, May 8

Marched all Relieved from Picket at 2 o clock A.M. found every thing had been moved followed the column toward Spotsylvania Ct House ordered by the 3rd Div to skirmish Battle raging heavily—Col Locke wounded   waked (?) 83rd all out at 5 o clock in front of the enemy expecting a charge


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