"...Thursday and Friday, May 9th & 10th we rested preparatory to our engaging in our drills. Up to this time we had been furnished with boots, hats, pants, shirts, blouses, canteens, and blankets....
Sunday (5/19)...Our Muskets, Cartridges, and tents have arrived. Much dissatisfaction is expressed concerning our arms. They are the regular Harpers Ferry Muskets, not fit in these modern days to meet the Minni or Sharps rifles on the field of combat.
Tuesday May 28th ...We are mutch crowded, since seven of us were put in one tent which was about 8 by 10 feet. Besides this we had our arms, camp chest, two trunks, and other accouterments to be stored away in the tents.
Friday (June) 7th we recieved our cartridges boxes, and cartridges, bayonet scabbard and cap box. We with our regimental suit, which will soon be here, will soon be fully equiped for the war.
(8/10)...Thus ended the famous battle of Springfield. Our cannon was all that saved us.
August 17th ...At Rolla we recieved our new uniforms, and delivered up our arms. The soldiers now look more decent having laid aside their rags, and became attired in a new suit...."
I will finish editing this diary next week. Then, what do I do with it? How do I make is accessible? Who would be interested?