96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 17-20, 1864

From Corporal Henry Keiser's Diary:Tuesday, May 17, 1864.  Had a good night’s rest, still we nee more, having been completely played out. It has been quiet all along the line today.  Cloudy but no rain.  At 9 .m. we started up toward our right, where the Rebels were trying to flank Burnside’s 9th Corps.Wednesday, May … Continue reading 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 17-20, 1864

96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 16, 1864

From Corporal Henry Keiser's Diary: Monday May 16, 1864.  We were relieved from picket at 9 a.m. when we got back to the rifle pits we found Edward Pugh back from the field hospital, nearly recovered from a slight wound in the side, received on May 9th while our Regiment was on a double quick diagonally … Continue reading 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 16, 1864

96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 14-15, 1864

From Corporal Henry Keiser's Diary: Saturday, May 14, 1864.  At twelve last night we were routed up and marched one mile through mud and rain, when we halted until near daylight when we again started toward the left. At 6 this morning we joined on the left at Burnside’s 9th Corps, where we cooked coffee and then our Brigade deployed … Continue reading 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 14-15, 1864

96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 13, 1864

From Corporal Henry Keiser's Diary: Friday, May 13, 1864.  It again rained last night and wet us to the skin.  We dried our clothes this morning.  Wrote a few lines to my wife and sent the letter off.  At one o’clock today we left the woods and halted, Where we had made the charge and gathered … Continue reading 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 13, 1864

96th Pennsylvania at Spotsylvania: May 12, 1864

From Corporal Henry Keiser's Diary:Thursday, May 12, 1864.  At day dawn we marched a short distance to the rear and were told that we were to be on reserve, but we were soon convinced to the contrary, for in a short time we were marched a short distance to the left to help the 2nd Corps, … Continue reading 96th Pennsylvania at Spotsylvania: May 12, 1864

The 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 11, 1864

From Corporal Henry Keiser's Diary: Wednesday, May 11, 1864.  Laid in the woods and were shelled until ten o’clock today, when we moved about one mile to the left and commenced throwing up rifle pits. It rained considerable this afternoon.  At 4 p.m. we were marched back to our old position of last night, with the … Continue reading The 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 11, 1864

The 96th Pennsylvania on May 10, 1864

A dead Confederate soldier amid earthworks at Spotsylvania Court House (LOC) May 10, 1864 ranks as one of Henry Keiser's longest diary entries of the war. The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House would leave an indelible mark on the men of Company G, 96th Pennsylvania. From Corporal Henry Keiser's Diary:  Tuesday, May 10, 1864.  The … Continue reading The 96th Pennsylvania on May 10, 1864

The 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 9, 1864

From Corporal Keiser's Diary:Monday, May 9, 1864.  The Rebels fired a volley into some teams last night.  At 9 a.m. the 5th Corps took our place and we moved a short distance to the left and took up a line of battle in a woods.  The front line began throwing up rifle pits.  Heard that … Continue reading The 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 9, 1864