Civil War Diary of George Painter – October 1, 1863

Day after day the troops were subjected to dress parade.

The troops were not happy this month as the young men were getting tired of sitting on the banks waiting for some activity. So they created some of their own as they had to find food for themselves and their mules. They are very tired of dress parade.

George tries to find pleasure in some of the little things like getting a letter in the mail or even a day pass but he would really like to have a furlough, which is something he has not had since his enlistment.

Thursday, October 1, 1863

This morning the news came that Rosy had whipped old Bragg. But the news may be doubted as we have heard so many similar reports. We had dress parade and the orders were as follows: We are to drill from 7 o’clock to 8 and from 10 to 11 and from 2 to 3. At 5 o’clock we are to have dress parade. This didn’t agree with the boys, as well as many other orders would, as they have been on board so long. They feel rather lazy for the duty that’s to be done.

Thursday. October. 1st. 1863.

This morning the news came that Rosy had whiped old brag But the news may be doubted as we have heard so many simeral reports. We had dress-parad and the orders was as follows that we are to drill from 7 oclock to 8 and from 10 to eleven and from 2 to 3 and at 5 oclock we are to have dress-parade. This didn’t agree with the boys so well as many other orders would as they have been on board so long they feel rather lazy for the duty thats to be done.

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George Painter Diary – September 1, 1863

Hospital Boat – Woodford

September was a rough month for the boys on the Mississippi Marine Brigade. During this time they were waiting for orders to move troops from place to place. There were so many sick, that a hospital boat was needed.

Here is George’s entry in his diary for September 1 with spelling and punctuation changed for easier reading.

Tuesday, September 1, 1863

Still laying at Griffith’s Landing and the Major got the boys to carry in wood. The general talk is that we are going up the river. The weather is cool and more pleasant than heretofore. I had a chill and fever.

Below if the diary entry in George’s own words with spelling and punctuation left as it appeared in his diary.

Tuesday. September. 1st. 1863.

Still laying at Grifets landing And the Major got the boys to cary in wood and the General talk is that we are going up the river The weather is cool and much pleasanter then here to fore. I had a chill and feaver,

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Civil War Diary of Pvt. George Painter – August 1, 1863

This is an 1863 map of Vicksburg where the troops spent much of their time.

In August, the Mississippi Marine Brigade had the duty of moving Union troops down the Mississippi River as far as the Gulf of Mexico. It was not a very exciting month as boatload after boatload of troops were moved to secure the length of the Mississippi River for the Union.

Saturday, August 1, 1863

Still laying opposite Vicksburg. The general news is that we are to take a load of troops down the river. The commissary boat arrived here with a new supply of provisions for the fleet. The weather still remains very warm and sweltry.

Below is the original entry in George’s diary with no corrections.

Saturday Augst. 1st. 1863.

Still laying opisite of vicksburg and the General news is that we are to take aload of troops down the river. The Comisary boat arived here with anew suply of provision For the fleet. The weather still remains very warm and sweltry

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Civil War Diary of Pvt. George Painter – June 1, 1863

During the month of June, the Mississippi Marine Brigade spent most of the time around Vicksburg. Several times during their time here, they mentioned being at Snyder’s Bluff. So on a recent trip to Mississippi, I attempted to drive to Snyder’s Bluff by following signs along the road. This is the road I ended up on. The road as you can see is quite narrow and when I came around a bend and met a truck full of logs, I decided I better head back where I came from. Thanks to Pvt. George Painter, I had a little adventure that day.

Here is a post from George’s diary for June 1, 1863 from Snyder’s Bluff, Mississippi. I have only changed spelling and punctuation for easier reading.

Monday, June 1, 1863

This morning at the early hour of 3 o’clock we started from Snyder’s Bluff and ran down the Yazoo to the Mississippi River. We landed on the Louisiana side and buried a man belonging to the Baltic. Then we started up the river and continued on during the night.

Below is the actual entry from George’s diary with some misspellings and little punctuation, but still very readable.

Monday. June 1st. 1863.

This morning at the early hour of 3 we started from Snyders bluffs and run down the yazoo to the Mississippi river and landed on the Louisana side and buried aman belonging to the baltic then we started up the river and continud on dureing the night.

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Life in the Mississippi Marine Brigade

Discover how Private George Painter, a Civil War soldier from Richland County, Ohio spent 1863 in the Mississippi Marine Brigade. George faithfully wrote in his diary every day during 1863 to report on his military service.

It all begins when General Alfred W. Ellet organizes the brigade and finds that he needs more men for a successful operation. He then decided to recruit members from the local convalescing hospitals with promises of light work. An ad in the Cleveland Daily Leader stated:

The service will be an easy one – no camping out, no carrying knapsacks, and very little marching. The boats will be furnished with good cooks and bedding. Soldiering under such circumstances will be nothing but fun.

George Painter had just recovered from two hospital stays for typhoid fever and was in the St. Louis area where it all began. So it perhaps seemed a good choice for him to join this obscure Union fleet to continue his military service.

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