June 13

The 3rd Michigan Infantry left Grand Rapids for Washington, D.C. to join the Army of the Potomac. The men traveled by rail to Detroit, where they boarded boats for Cleveland, then by rail again journeyed to Washington D.C. They arrived on June 16th. To read specifics about the travels of the 3rd Michigan, click here. 

During this time, Matthew Baird is uncharacteristically silent. There are few diary entries and no letters until June 30th. We assume that travel and acclimating to his surroundings took up much of Baird’s time after his arrival in Washington D.C. The diary does not resume regular entries until August. In the meantime, we will be posting undated entries from his diary, including poems and his personal philosophy on camp life.


Who’s Matthew Baird?