Basil H. Messler Diary, page 4

March 8-12, 1864

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Peoria Tuesday 8th 64
Spent the day in the city till 3 PM Then took the train for Young America arrived there at 7 P.M. Staid at Mr. D's
Young America March 9th
Took the train for Galesburg at 7 A.M. arrived there at 9 A.M. Met T.D.Morrin & J.R.Messler then took the Trant [sic] at 9.20 A.M.for Wyanet took Dinner at the Ellsworth House Got throwed from the Hack at 1 P.M. and had my Hand Badly hurt Staid there the remainder of the day and also the Night Had a Soldier Supper and Dance Had a good time &C.. &C..
Wyanet March 10
Left at 4.20 A.M. in Hack for Pon[sic] Creek took the train at 5:30 for Davenport ran to Sheffield then laid over 4 hours on account of a Smash up of a 8 Cattle Cars the night before and then went on to Davenport Arrived there at 1 P.M. and went in the Buss[sic] to the Penn House. Took dinner Met Sergt Tory of M.M.B. went to Capt Pamer's[sic] office had T.D. Morrin & J.R. Messler Sworn in to the U.S.Servis and got an order to take them to Camp McCleland Stade at the Hotell all night.
March 11th
Went to Camp McCleland then reported and took quarters in Barrack No.2 in the Sergt Mess, spent the remainder of the day in Bed with the Sick Headach caused from being hurt at Wyanet in the left hand &C..
Saturday March 12th
Went to town met Than Groom and went to Cap Palmers office where T. D. Morrin & J. R. Messler got their local Bounty and then we all went to Charey [sic] Bells and got oysters and coffee spent the day in town went to camp and took supper and returned to our quarters Happy ETC.