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17210 Penn. Vol. Inf. 148th Diary in ink for almost 8 months of 1864 of Corp. Jacob Breckbill and 3 family tintypes. On the first page of his diary he writes,
“Should I die on the battlefield or in the hospital for the sake of humanity aquaint to Catheren Breckbill residing at Petersburg Center Co. Pa. of the fact where my remains may be found. Jacob Breckbill.”
May 10 This morning there was heavy skirmishing about one o clock we fell back the rebs had a line of battle advancing we formed a line of battle and faut them 2 hours our los was 29 wounded and 4 kilt.
May 11 We lade in line of badtle in breastwork their was some scurmish fyre and some canading about 4 o clock it comenst to rain and raint 4 hours at 10 we left and march 2 mils to the left of our line their we late till morning we hat no sleep.
May 12 Our devesion mate a charge on the rebel works we carrit it and to 70,000 brisners and 30 cannons our loss was heavy we hat cannon and musket fire all day it raind a little all day nearly.
May 23 This morning we started and marched about 12 miles to whair we met our enemy at the northern river their was heavy musketry and canonating in the evening Gen. Burney’s Division mate a charge and carried 2 breastworks we mate breastworks there.
June 4 We late in line of battle and poud up breastworks within 100 yards of the rebel works their was heavy cananating and musketry in the evening it comensed to rain and raint all night expected an attact it was all quiet.
June 7 We was still their their was some pickett fyre until five o clock in the evening the rebs come over with a flag of truth to bury their dead it was then quiet there.
June 17 To day our men mate a charge carried 2 lines of breastworks and a fort we took some prisoners and some artillery it was warm.
June 18 There was still some skirmishing all along the line Major Foster was wounded on the picket line.
June 21 This morning our devesion advanced then hat to fall back agin in their works their was hard fighting in the afternoon it was very warm all day.
June 22 There was som hevy firing along the line some heavy canonating in the evening our regiment went on picket thay hat hevy musketry all along the line the whether was warm.
July 27 This morning our division had a small skirmish we drove them back and took 4 pieces of artillery and 20 prisners the gun boat was engaged we advanced our line a mile and a half further we was on picket.
August 6 This morning I was relief from guard we got pade for 4 months 58 dollars dress parade as usual.