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June 1862
Tuesday 17th

Heavy rain this morning
Went on picket tonight


Wednesday 18th

Rain night
See Walter Broughton of 3rd Rhode Island Battery.



Thursday 19th

Feel sick but work hard this afternoon
Write to my Wife


Friday 20th

Move our camp today



Saturday 21st



Sunday 22nd

Get a letter from my Wife
Write to David
Dress parade

Monday 23rd

Our Regt on picket
Hard night
See code to the right --->

Tuesday 24th

Lay on our arms tonight

Wednesday 25th

General inspection


June 1862
Thursday 26th

On fatigue duty at Wharf

Friday 27

On fatigue. Mortar?

Saturday 28th

On guard 3rd relief 7 men

Sunday 29th

Feel blue today our Regt. on picket
Receive a letter from father date June 18th.
This means that a letter made it from Massachusetts to Charleston (James Island) in 12 days.

Monday 30th

Muster in for pay make a bet with S. Thomas



July 1862
Tuesday 1st

Heavy firing from the Battery
We turn out under arms about (code)
Sick went to doctor


Wednesday 2nd

Sick go to doctor
Strike tents today

Thursday 3rd

Slept out last night


Friday 4th

On guard 3rd relief 7 men
Receive a gill of Whiskey (about 4 ounces)
Under arms all night

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Jessup Pollard, 28th Regiment, Mass
Capt. L.P. Barrett (see below)


Newport News, Hilton Head, James Island, Washington, DC


Mail service is fast and regular, even when movement is constant.

Mr. Pollard always capitalizes Wife and writes to her often.

Pay and expenditures are carefully noted.

Code is used occasionally, possibly for proper names, location, or date.

Mr. Pollard's Captain was Captain Barrett, (see below).

Page 23A of Jessup Pollard's Civil War journal. Page 23B of Jessup Pollard's Civil War journal. Page 24A of Jessup Pollard's Civil War journal. Page 24B of Jessup Pollard's Civil War journal. Thumbnail image of a painting of Frank Pollard with link to larger image. Thumbnail image of a Civil War soldier with link to a larger version. Thumbnail image of a Civil War soldier with link to larger version. Page 25B of Jessup Pollard's Civil War journal. Page 25A of Jessup Pollard's Civil War journal.

July 1862

Saturday 5th

Our Regiment on Picket, move to the Wharf


Sunday 6th

Go aboard the Ben Deford
Land at Hilton Head tonight
Remain at the Wharf tonight



Monday 7th

Make our camp outside the Entrenchments. Recv. a letter from my Wife
2 Papers from David


Tuesday 8th

Expend $1.00

July 8th 1862

Write to my Wife
Dress Parade


Wednesday 9th

Inspection Receive marching orders
Write to Father

Thursday 10th

Strike tents march to wharf and back

Friday 11th

Embark on the Steamer Mississippi?

Saturday 12th

Sail 5 pm get a gill of whiskey

N.Y. 79th Came aboard.

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Leave authorization signed by Captain Barrett.

Sketch made of Uncle Frank Pollard by a comrade during Civil War.

Possibly Jessup Pollard - in journal but not labeled.

Another photo, possibly of Jessup Pollard - in journal but not labeled.

Captain of the 28th Regiment, Massachusetts was Captain L.P. Barrett. He was an actor in Boston before the Civil War. Below are some of the items regarding Captain Barrett that Mr. Pollard had in his journal.

Mr. (we should say Capt.) L.P. Barrett had a bumper benefit at the Howard Atheneum on Saturday night. The theatre was crowded. The acting Colonel of the 28th Regiment (Gen. Bullock), several of the officers, and the band of the regiment were present to heighten the effect of the testimonial. The audience were treated to a varied programme, consisting of dramatic performances by the Boston Theatre company and the actors attached to the Howard, a patriotic star spangled banner address by Mrs. Gladstone, the recitation of Shamus O’Brien by Mrs. Barrett, appropriate exercises by the orchestra, and the performance of several airs by the band. Enthusiasm and real good feeling prevailed throughout the evening. Mr. Barrett made a parting address, which we append. It was brimful of feeling and eloquence, and during its delivery many tears of sympathy were caused to flow.

Captain Barrett’s Farewell Address

Ladies and Gentleman: There are occasions when the set phrases of gratitude are almost meaningless. Such I feel to be the case now. A time has arrived when I deem it the duty of every young man who has a son’s love for the country, which has indeed been his mother, to fly to her defense, setting personal feelings aside, and willing to make any sacrifice. Acting upon this impulse, I discard for a time the traditional sock and buskin; but though you may not know me henceforth as an actor, I trust as a soldier my humble name may yet find its way back to old Boston.

By birth not a son of Massachusetts, I am doubly proud of the chance of entering a regiment form the Old Bay State. Wherever the 28th goes I go; and when the old Celtic war cry, “Faugh a Ballagh,” shall be heard, I pledge one honest sword for the honor of Ireland’s green, and the red, white blue of our own dear island.

With a full heart, I thank Messers Forrest and Nixon for permitting the Boston Theatre company to appear to-night, and the members of that corp for their generous aid. Col. Beals and all who have this evening tangibly shown me their friendship deserve more gratitude than I have to give. The band of the 28th are kindly here to-night, and while expressing my indebtedness to them, may I venture to hope you think with me their music will cheer many a bold heart on the banks of the Potomac.

May I assure my brother officers, and our Acting Colonel, who honor me by their presence that I consider their attendance a very high compliment?

Will my professional associates in this theatre, and my worthy manager, permit me to say farewell to them and utter a hope that our kindly associations may in future days be renewed?

And now ladies and gentlemen, let me say to you that at the lone night hours of the bivouac and by the fitful light of the camp fires, when memory recalls to the soldier’s mind the happy scenes of home, I shall every regard with the liveliest emotions of gratitude your kindness to him who now bids you farewell.

A Gathering at the Howard Atheneum in Boston where Captain Barrett said a Farewell Address

A note written by Captain Barrett granting liberty for Corporal Jesse Pollard and one of his Comrades.
Written at Fort Columbus on Governor's Island in New York harbor, Mr. Pollard and his friend enjoyed a few days in New York. Mr. Pollard writes about the trip

Captain Barrett's "business" card.

Captain Barrett's card - 28th Regiment, Mass. Volunteers.

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