Basil H. Messler Diary, page 3

March 4-7, 1864

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Friday March 4th 1864
Left Bushnell at 7:30 A.M. for Galesburg in company with James T McDonald arrived in G. at 9 A.M. Met Than G. and at 10 A.M. took the train for Norris arrived there at 11.30 A.M., met Father he and I went Home found the folks all well But not pleased to know that I had Inlisted Spent the remainder of the day at home &C..
Saturday March 5th 1864
At Home till noon T. D. Morrin came in while I was eating My Dinner and Inlisted, after noon went to Canton Met Cruda Ross and Hannah Spencer took them Back to town Stopped at Brother Johns there we found Than Grooms & Sister Spent the remainder of the [sic] and took supper at Johns and then we all got in the Wagon and went out Home our lode was composed of the following persons Than Grooms Mr.T.D.Morrin Miss Ross Miss Hannah Spencer Mr. Grooms Sister Mary & 3 Brothers got home 9 P.M. had a good time retired after Midnight etc.
Sabath March 6th
At Home Brother John came out all the folks went to church Except 3 or 4 and we had a pleasant time at Home John and I went to Canton was at Brother Mahlons to Supper returned home with Sister Mary and A. T. Norris Thus endeth the Sabath etc.
Monday March 7
Up early got Breakfast of[sic] to the Depot accompanied by Sister and Brother took the train for Peoria arrived there at 12 noon Met Brother William at Depot and went to Brother Ezras took Dinner spent the day very Pleasantly in Peoria with My Brothers William took the train at 9 P.M. for Home so I staid at Brothers &C.. .