Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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“The “Military” seem to be doing very little.”—Horatio Nelson Taft

October 17, 2011

Diary of US patent clerk Horatio Nelson Taft.


This has been another rather sick day with me, but I have not had much fever. My cough continues bad, did not sleep at all last night. My cough and the moskeetoes took up all my attention, did not go out except to walk down to Charleys on 11th St and back. The “Military” seem to be doing very little. The Rebels have been allowed to construct Batteries on the Virginia side of the Potomac for some months past at their leisure, and the Potomac is now said to be “closed.” I think that something will have to be done.


The three diary manuscript volumes, Washington during the Civil War: The Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865, are available online at The Library of  Congress.

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