Guide to the George C. Andrews Diary, 1863
Collection number: MS 250
About George Frank C. Andrews (1844-1863)
George Frank C. Andrews was born in New Boston, NH in 1844, son of Issachar Andrews and Elizabeth L. Lull. He enlisted on September 17, 1862 at age 18. He served as a private in Company G of the 16th New Hampshire regiment in Louisiana and was discharged in August of 1863. Andrews died at home in New Boston two weeks later on September 6, 1863 at age 19, quite possibly of dysentery. He is buried in his hometown.
About the George C. Andrews Diary (1863)
Entires detail daily life, including weather, guard duty, his continuing illnesses which force him to miss guard duty, other regiments nearby (e.g. "162 Rgt" - probably the New York 162nd), and drills under Generals Banks and Andrews. Many soldiers are dying from dysentery in the wet and tropical conditions, including Benjamin Walson (25 March 1863) and Edward Cadwith (7 April 1863). (The 16th Regiment lost a total of 221 men to disease during their service.) Various troop movements around Baton Rouge, New Orleans, "Algerns", and "Burwick Bay" are noted, as well as transfer of Confederate prisoners and Union wounded.
The timeline of the diary is slightly confusing, and includes the normal daily dates but also an account (probably written after the fact) of his mustering out of Concord and the company's trip to Louisiana (this is penciled in the rear of the volume). George's return home to New Boston isn't documented after his discharge on August 20, 1863.
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George C. Andews Diary, 1863, MS 250 Milne Special Collections and Archives,
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Arrangement is chronological.