George C. Andrews was born in New Boston, N.H. and enlisted on Sept. 17, 1862 aged 18. He served in Company G of the 16th New Hampshire regiment until his discharge on Aug. 20, 1863. He died at home in New Boston two weeks later on Sept. 6, 1863 aged 19, probably of dysentery.
The 59 page diary was written from Louisiana from February until July 1863. There are a few very faint entries in pencil in the memoranda section at the end, dating from December to April 19th. The 16th regiment was encamped for a time in Carrollton, LA and then captured Fort Burton at Butte-a-la-Rose on April 20th, 1863. Many of the soldiers died from disease and dysentery.