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2 DIARIES OF PVT M. J. SATER, 14TH IOWA

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2 DIARIES WRITTEN BY PRIVATE MICHAEL J. SATER, 14TH IOWA, CO. 'K'. MICHAEL SATER WAS 31 YEARS OLD AND LIVING IN DES PLAINES, IOWA WHEN HE WAS MUSTERED INTO 14TH IOWA, COMPANY 'K' INFANTRY. FURTHER INFORMATION SUGGESTS HE WAS BORN IN KENTUCKY. PRIVATE SATER WAS WOUNDED IN THE LEG AND HAND ON APRIL 9, 1864 AT PLEASANT HILL, AND WAS MUSTERED OUT ON NOVEMBER 16, 1864. THE 2 DIARIES OFFERED HERE WERE HASTILY KEPT, NOT WELL ORGANIZED, AND WITH CREATIVE SPELLING. PRIVATE SATER LEAVES OUT THE DULL DAYS AND GENERALLY ONLY MENTIONS THE INTERESTING. BOTH DIARIES ARE ALSO FULL OF INCIDENTAL MATERIAL, ADDRESSES, MONEY OWED, ETC... THE FIRST DIARY HAS HIS PENCIL I.D. INSIDE THE BACK COVER; THE OTHER IS I.D.'D BY THE REGIMENT AND HIS HANDWRITING. HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS: DIARY #1 IS A SMALL POCKET MEMO BOOK; DATES ARE HAND WRITTEN. IT STARTS "1862 CONTINUED": FEB. 1 - SO WE LEFT FORT HENRY FOR FORT DONELSON, TENN; CAME IN A MILE OF THE FORT AND ENCAMPED. THE NEXT MORNING WE GAVE THE ENEMY A BRUSH. 14TH - THE SHARPSHOOTERS PLAYED AT THEM ALL DAY LONG. 15TH - WE FOUGHT THE ENEMY ALL DAY LONG AND IN THE EVENING WE WENT AT THE FORTIFICATIONS WITH THE BAYONET. THE ENEMY SURRENDERED TO OUR MEN ON THE 16TH DAY... MAR. 6TH - WE STARTED FOR THE GREEN LANDING ON THE TENNESSEE RIVER. WE ARRIVED THERE ON THE 9TH DAY, LEFT THERE ON THE 17TH BY THE TENNESSEE RIVER TO PITTSBURG LANDING... APR. 6TH - THE REBEL ARMY ATTACKED THE NORTHERN ARMY ON THE 6TH DAY OF APRIL AT PITTSBURG LANDING. WE RE-CAPTURED THE SAME ON THE 7TH DAY OF APRIL. APR. 11TH - I WROTE TO MOTHER AND PATTERSON. CONSOLIDATION OF THE 8TH, 12TH, 14TH IOWA REGIMENTS AND 58TH IL REG. INTO THE UNION BRIGADE. APR. 17TH - THE UNION BRIGADE LEFT PITTSBURG LANDING FOR THE BATTLE GROUND OF SHILOH. MAY 1ST - MAY THE 1 FOR CORINTH. PRISONERS OF THE 14TH REG. IOWA VOLS. MADE THEIR RETURN ON THE OATH. I WROTE AND SENT $60 TO MOTHER. JULY 18TH - I LEFT THE HOSPITAL AND WENT TO COOK FOR (THE) COMPANY. AUG. 10TH - FORAGING ORDER; DRESS PARADE OCT. 3-4TH - BATTLE AT CORINTH AND ON THE SEIGE AT CORINTH. OCT. 8TH - MARCH TO HOLY SPRING AND BACK. OCT. 10TH - DETAILED AS BAKER UNTIL WE LEFT CORINTH. DEC. 17 - CAME AN ORDER TO THE UNION BRIGADE TO REPORT TO ADJUTANT BAKER AT DAVENPORT, IOWA. ON THE 18TH DAY, ALL HANDS MADE HASTE WITH JOY TO RETURN HOME...WITH MERRY HEARTS WE GOT ON THE CARS BOUND FOR COLUMBUS, KY, BUT BEHOLD WHEN WE CAME TO JACKSON, TN, SHOCKING TO HEAR THAT PLACE WAS ABOUT TO BE ATTACKED WITH FORREST'S GUERILLAS AND GENERAL HARNEY WAS ABOUT TO SURRENDER TO THE SOUTHERN DEVILS. BUT THE UNION BRIGADE OFFICERS ADVISED TO SHOW FIGHT WHILE HE HAD POWDER, AND THEY WAS WILLING TO HELP HIM OUT OF DIFFICULTY AND LET THE BUTTERNUTS RIP. DEC. 18TH - GEN. HARNEY CONCLUDED TO RISK ONCE...WITH ABOUT 4 REGIMENTS & UNION BRIGADE. THE REGIMENTS WAS AS FOLLOWS: 39TH IA, 122ND IL, AND A FEW REGIMENTS FROM HOLY SPRINGS NOT KNOWN TO ME. THERE WAS ABOUT 300 MEN OF THE UNION BRIGADE. OUR CARS PASSED ON WITHOUT HARM TO COLMBUS, BUT NO FIGHT AT JACKSON, BUT HUMBOLT WAS TAKEN. THE NEWS CAME TO HAND ON 10TH DAY OF DECEMBER BY SOME MEN THAT HAD ESCAPED JACKSON REPORTED THE RR OF MOBILE OHIO WAS DESTROYED... 1863-JAN. 4TH - TOOK US TO THE 4TH OF JANUARY TO GET TO COLUMBUS A GUARDING THE HANDS AS THEY WORKED ON THE ROAD AND FORAGING OUR WAY SAFE TO COLUMBUS BY THE WAY OF CAIRO, IL TO DAVENPORT, IOWA. MOST OF THE BOYS GOT FURLOUGH HOME TILL THE 25TH DAY AND RETURNED BACK TO QUARTERS TILL MUSTER DAY WAS OVER. MARCH 29TH - REGIMENTS STARTED FOR ST. LOUIS, MO TO REORGANIZE WITH THE PAROLED PRISONERS AT BENTON BARRICKS. DIARY #2 - 1863 - LESS DETAIL THAN DIARY #1 - A TINY BOOK WITH THE DATES PRE-PRINTED. FRIDAY MAY 1ST - I ARRIVED TO MY COMPANY AT MOUND CITY, IL. THE BOYS WENT ON A PICNIC 4 MILES ABOVE. MAY 9TH - AT NIGHT THE PROVO GUARD ARRESTED A NIGER AND WHITE WOMAN IN BED TOGETHER. JUNE 21ST - WE LEFT FOR COLUMBUS, KY JULY 30TH - COLUMBUS, KY, THE REGIMENT WAS PAID OFF. I SAW A MAN DRUMMED OUT BY THE NAME OF JAMES REDINGS, CO. A, 52ND INDIANA AND IMPRISONED FOR DURING THE WAR AT ALTON, IL. MAY 1864 - ON 7 APRIL, I LEFT FOR PLEASANT HILL BATTLE... CIVIL WAR DATABASE INFO INCLUDED. IOWA DIARIES ARE SCARCE; YOU'LL SPEND SOME TIME TRYING TO FIND ANOTHER.