Diary of William M. Horton, dated January 1, 1864 through August 28, 1864. In this diary, he discusses the weather, picket duty, inspections, deaths in the regiment, the Battle of Morton's Ford (February 6), parades, food, African Americans (April 27), sightseeing in Washington (May 5-7), the Battle of Spottsylvania, skirmishes, the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek, the Battle of Cold Harbor, Battle of Jerusalem Plank Road, the Battle of Deep Bottom, the Siege of Petersburg, the Fourth of July, changing regiments to the 118th Colored Troops, and mustering in the 118th Colored Troops (August 22). Also included in the diary is a letter list, an expenses list, a regimental history, and a list of officers and enlisted men in the 26th Michigan Infantry, Company E with details of their service record.
Military Service Note
Horton, William M. Hartland. Enlisted in company E, Twenty-sixth Infantry, as Musician, Dec. 1, 1862, at Rives, for 3 years, age 19. Mustered Dec. 8, 1862. Corporal, Oct. 31, 1863. Wounded in action near Petersburg, Va., June 16, 1864. Discharged Aug. 2, 1864, at accept commission in One Hundred and Eighteenth U.S. Colored Troops.