This is an excerpt from Jane's Diary. It has been transcribed for easier reading.
"We came pretty near having an unpleasant time last night. We have to keep close watch day and night over the stock. Mr. Earp went to see about the guards and he found they had got up a dance... And he told them they must quit their dancing and be on duty. One of the soldiers told him to mind his own business and ordered him off. It made him awful mad and he was for killing."
This excerpt from Isaac Vail's Diary is all handwritten. It gives some very good insight of how the soldiers lived their daily lives during the Civil War. Entries from this diary are from the year 1865. Photo copies of the actual diary will be made available. Places are hard to read because of the actual handwriting.
Thursday, March 2, 1865
"...packed up ready to march at noon got news that the regiment met with a very sad accident 3 miles. Went up there it was the scene I ever witnessed, the wounded were put on boards and brought to the city... the dead were buried there..."