September 24, 1975, diary (1865) Gift of Mr. Carl A. Robin, Greenville, North Carolina.
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F. M. McMillen Diary (#290), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mr. Carl A. Robin
The F.M. McMillen Diary was written by Sergeant McMillen while serving in Company C, 110th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Corps from January 1 - March 25, 1865. The diary records the activities of McMillen, who was mainly a clerk, as he participated in the Petersburg final assault during the Appomattox Campaign.
Entries of interest include descriptions of camp life, the growing number of Confederate desertions, the execution of a Union deserter and turncoat of the 1st Division (January 6, 1865), a Confederate raid after haversacks and overcoats (January 9, 1865), the execution of James Kelly of the 67th Pennsylvania Volunteers (March 11, 1865), a description of a chapel built near the Division Headquarters by the Engineer Corps (March 13, 1865) and the final days before the assault on Petersburg. Also included is a photocopy of the entry and exit holes in the diary made by a ball which could have taken McMillen's life.