||The Charles D. Bacon Papers consist of two diaries written by Sergeant Charles D. Bacon, which record Bacon's daily activities, including his time stationed with the Federal Occupation Forces at Hilton Head, S.C., and his experiences as he served in General Grant's forces pursuing General Lee. Daily activities included drilling with the horses, policing of the camp, guard duty, and care of the horses. Bacon also described scouting for a African American regiment, as well as his frequent arrest and imprisonment in the guardhouse for various offenses. Other entries include descriptions of the sinking of the gunboat WASHINGTON; skirmishes that took place in February and March, 1863; the transfer of Bacon's unit to the peninsula area of southern Virginia; fighting around Petersburg between the Federal forces of General Grant and General Lee's Confederate troops.
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||Charles D. Bacon Papers (#163), Special Collections Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
||Joyner- Purchased by J. Y. Joyner Library.
|Biographical note||Sargeant Charles D. Bacon was a member of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, 3rd Battalion, Company K (1862-1864) and 4th Massachusetts Cavalry, 1st Battalion, Company B (1864-1865).|