Item description: Entry, dated 5 November 1861, from diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers. Wallace was born in Holland, Massachusetts, and was twenty years old at the time of his enlistment. [Editorial Note: Wallace and his regiment ultimately spent several years in North Carolina, so we will include occasional entries from his diary over the next two years.]
[November] 5th Got up and got Breakfast about 6, AM lay round Resting till 11 then marched out of the city to our destined camp about 1 1/2 mile and Pitched our tents. Camping in front of the 25 Mass & 51st N York
Item citation: Diary commencing Oct. 14, 1861 – ending Sept. 20th, 1863 / Newton Wallace, VCC970.742 W19d, from the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill.
More about this item: Eighty-nine page quarto diary, with entries for nearly every day from October 1861 to September 1863 and including entries for distances traveled totaling by Wallace’s figuring 2876 miles.