At 6 the battle of Fair Oack (Oaks) began. the 5 (?)
opened the fight & the 52 N. Y. ran then the 64th went in & drove the rebs
back. Alexander Oglevie, Harrison Clark, G. Grautier & G. Parmer was killed
& fifteen or twenty was wounded.
A. M. the dead was buried & the 64th was Rumfeesled (?)
until 9 P. M. when we went out on Picket it rained all night. Chance acted
as Corporal But don't fancy it much.
In the morning it cleared up & was hot as fury. the
Rebs Sheled us or tried to But Capt. Pettits Battery soon silenced them. At
4 P. M. we were relieved.
We waked up in water kneedeep. Some of the boys were
almost covered in water before they waked up. After a short time we were
removed to a little better piece of ground But it rained all day.
No rain Cloudy There was heavy cannonadeing and the
Rebs tried to erajs (erase?) the R. R. but the shells made them skadadle. We
cleaned our guns & waited for inspection.
Death of the 64th Regt New York Volentiers. We
are put into the Irish Brigade under Co. Mahar. Some fireing on the wright.
Eight of us went up to Hospital to bring down the
wounded, got back & then our Regt was Bumslicued (?) over in the rear of
Pettits Battery again. Some shelling on the Wright.
8 A. M. Firing
among the Pickets. A large force went out to support them.
P. M. we advanced ¾
of a mile. heavy firing to retake the Rifle pitts. But we took them back
The troops were choping woods in front of us. P. M. the
Rebs throwed a few shells over here, but no damage done.
Today is my birthday. A. M. rained. we laied abed
untill noon. P. M. Moved up on to the mudeyest (muddiest) piece of land that
the General could find, guess he is satisfied now. Sick.
WEDNESDA Y 11
We were called into line at 9 oclock A. M. Stood one
hour, then sit down with our guns in our hands, one hour. We was not called
out after three oclock. The sharp hooters (sharpshooters) continue to pick
off the Rebels.
Sick. Heavy fireing among the Pickets at 1-1/2 oclock
A. M. We was in line in less than two minutes. But the fireing soon ceased.
P. M. Packed up & moved back 1/2mile.
Sick but not ex. (?) Heavy cannonadeing on the Wright
at 5 A. M. Guess the Rebs want to find our batterys. The Sharp shooters have
silenced their guns 8 A. M. P. M. all quiet along the lines.
Sick. went up to sergeans (sergeants) at 5 A. M. got
some pills but did not get excused. 11 A. M. struck tents until 3 P. M. then
pitched them on the same ground. It was terible hot to lay in the sun.
Sick as usual done my best & got excused. Slept all
day. the Regt was called into line several times during the day. Slept upon
Sick, but a little better. It was quite cool but at
noon it was hot. All quiet at 5 P. M. Mr. Bealy Rick arived from the
Hospital. his health is not very good.
Arose at 3 A. M. stood in line 1 -12 hours. At 8 A. M.
we heard heavy fireing in the direction of fort Darling ceased at 10. At 5
P. M. General inspection. Roll call at dark.
We was called into line three times last night before
12. Then marched one mile to support G. Burns. B. was under arms all night.
All on account of the Pickets fireing. tonight we drove the Reb pickets in
heavy fireing on the wright.
I have been sick. The boys have been under arms all
day. Yesterday our Regt worked on the forts. Tonight there has been some
shelling & musketry on the wright wing of the Army.
Sick & excused. Wrote a letter to Lieut. Pettit. The
Rebs shelled us a little But not much damage done. At 5 P. M. we saw the
Baloon rise (?) Some firing among the pickets during the night.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
A. M. All quiet. 3 P. M. fireing among the Pickets. At
6 P. M. quite a battle in our front. Artillery played well. Our B is in line
of battle 20 rods in front of our Camp. At 8 they turned in.
A. M. All is quiet, I am sick. Inspection at 8 A. M.
After which the Chaplain made a prayer & spoke a few words to the Regt. At
9 P. M. our Regt went out on Picket - All is quiet.
A. M. the book & I went out to carry the boys some breakfast. It is a
pleasant place out there. At 3 P. M. the 64th was relieved. At 6 P. M. heavy
fireing on the Picket lines.
I am quite sick.
All is quiet along the lines. Last night it rained very hard.
Welly & I lay in
water two inches deep this morning. It has rained some today.
5 P. M. the weather is quite cool, saw the balloon up.
A. M. heavy fireing in front. Artillery played all day. We have advanced our
lines two miles. P. M. I got some flouer (flour) & made some porage
(porridge). hope I shall get better.
Sick yet. Our Regt was out most of the night & day.
Sharp fireing all along the (line) At 3:30 P. M. heavy canadeing on the
wright wing. Ceased at 8. Then the Bands played until
12 P. M.
FRIDAY 27 Sick. 3
AM G Porter commenced on the wright ceased at 7 In A. M. abt 12, he
retreated fireing all the afternoon At 7 P. M. heavy musketry & artillery
fireing all along the lines.
Sick. Early in
the morning there was heavy fireing on the wright. Gen.
Porter was driven
arost the Chahominy by S. Jackson. At Dark our D. went to reinforce him.
Sick. The boys got back at 3 A. M. Then our Brigade
went in front. I went to Hospital. At 3 P. M. The grand Army of the P. C.
comced (commenced?) a grand skedaddle. The sick went ahead.
Last night we stoped a little
beyond Savage Station. At midnight the mule train started. Today we marched
about four miles & stoped at the landing six miles above city point.