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Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
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Author: Jenkins, Cyrus Franklin, ca. 1837-1864
Extent: 1 v. (113 p.)
Repository: Troup County Archives
collection: Jenkins-Bass collection, 1861-ca. 1900 (Ms. 91)
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CYRUS F. JENKINS BOOK, JUNE 11 1861

Joined a volinteer [volunteer] Co. [Company] from Merriwether [Meriwether] County, Ga. [Georgia] called the Meriwether vol [volunteers] for the service of the Confederate States of America. And bid adieu to Home, Relatives, and Friends and every tie that is dear to man for the protection of rights, that should be dearer to man than life itself,

Since those rights were bought with the price of (our revolutionary grand sires) blood, & bequeathed to us for our enjoyment, and generations to come, Although common sense teaches us that if our Ancestors were right in in those dearly bought rights which we have inherited from them, that we are justifyable [justifiable] in preserving sacred, yea! more, If we should shrink from the responsibility through cowardice or any motive of selfishness we should justly deserve the condemnation of all civalized [civilized] nations of the earth, and and the indignation and scorn of generations to come, Yet while these thoughts are [word cut off page] through my mind, others are flashing


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over me filling the mind with imaginary scenes of horror, shocking every nerve and cording ever [every] muscle, [deleted text: more] like an electrick [electric] shock it pervades the whole system with feelings and emotions indescribable, The Idea's [Ideas] of putting ones own body a target to be shot at, and taking mans life, even upon the field of battle, will shock the most insensible and inhumane mind, yet I feel it a duty, and the sin must and will fall upon the aggressor's heads

We arrived at Griffin Ga. [Georgia] at 2 o clock [o'clock] in the afternoon. and took refuge in an old vacated mansion, called the old [deleted text: mansion] [added text: castle] without door or window shutter blind or sash but stood a lofty wreck of three stories high, long vacated and badly weather beaten, Here we remained untill [until] the 10th, without any excitement or occurrence of importance, except I'll mention the kindness and hospitality of the people, who sent us cakes fruits vegetables and nic nacks [knickknacks] too tedious to mention, all very palitable [palatable], and we –all– shared equally in its [unclear text: portion] .

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miles from one depot to the other, through the rain which continued to fall thick & fast we were accomodated to a nice supper of warm coffee light bread & butter After which we took the train for Columbia S–C, [South Carolina] Although the night closed in dark and the rain continued to fall the Ladies met us at each depot untill [until] a late hour at night with fruits cakes cigars and other nice eatables, with every [deleted text: nice] accommodation that could be extended and every cheering word that could be spoken we were the welcome participants, which made our hearts grow strong and rejoice in the day that we offered our service for their protection. We travilled [traveled] through the night which continued dark and dreary, untill [until] day broke in followed by the bright rays of an unclouded sun. arrived at Columbia 9 oclock [o'clock] in the morn, where we expected to remain some time, [deleted text: my] the first scene that attracted my attention was Mrs. Hamptons flower yard,


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which contained every flower and fruit bush of American growth with many of other climates, the orange tree with its fruit green and growing was a sight of astonishment to me although it was enclosd [enclosed] in a large frame work [framework] of glass, to add to its beauty was its systematic and tasteful formation, the next thing that attracted attention was an imitation of the Palmetto Tree (in the State house yard) of cast mettal [metal] which I must acknowledge was a fine resemblance of the many natural Palmetto near Savannah, Ga [Georgia],

We left the above mentioned place about dark (July 28th) for Raleigh North Carolina, and reached said City at 2 oclock [o'clock] the following eve [evening] nothing of importance transpired along our rout [route], we were often cheered. by fair women, saluted by the stars and bars floating from the windows and portico's [porticos] of citizens houses near our way, as has been frequent heretofore. after taking dinner which was previously prepaired [prepared] for us. we began putting our bagage [baggage] abode [aboard] the train for Charlotte North Carolina.


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left Raleigh nine oclock [o'clock]


monday after noon [afternoon] 29th [View Jenkins Chronology]

after travelling [traveling] through the night we reached Charlott [Charlotte] at day light [daylight] . A nice dinner was prepared for us of Bread meats vegetables fruits and pies, after partaking of which, we strolled off into the city where I saw nothing striking, the city was considerable in its bounds nothing peculiar in its formation. water very strongly tinctured with lime except one spring we found on the stroll one half mile from the depot. we returned about nightfall and left at 11 oclock [o'clock] at night for Weldon N.C [North Carolina] and arrived at W. [Weldon] 7 oc [o'clock] in the morning of the 31st after morning broke in we saw upon one side the river far below, and upon the other rough cragged mountains rising high above us. On leaving Weldon about nine in the fore noon [forenoon] we were obliged to get abode [aboard] flad [flat] lumber cars which brought yells from the boys. some called hogs others Cattle and horses at the top of their voices telling plainly of their dissatisfaction the bystanders did not understand the cause yet they were well pleased and laughed heartily. I heard one of them remark that no


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one but a Georgian would think of such as that. We now soon found ourselves ratling [rattling] along the road for Petersburg Via. [Virginia] after many delays enrout [enroute] (for other trains to pass) we reached Petersburg 2 o.c. [o'clock] in the afternoon after search ing [searching] through the city and across the river near a spring we found a table prepared for our benefit of which we readily partook of its nourishing contents, we by this time being very hungry our rations having sometime previously given out, after a hearty repast of irish potatoes boiled collards and dry light bread. (called by the boys waspnest [wasp nest] bread) we strolled down to the river and availed ourselves of its refreshing and cooling influence. we now proceeded to the Petersburg and Richmond depot where all hands were [deleted text: all] engaged in putting the baggaged [baggage] abode [aboard] . after which, 5, oc [o'clock] we were flying in the direction of our destination. now all were alive to the rising excitement as we neared the wished for City. some singing to the tune of Dixy [Dixie] others yelling at the top of their voices, while the others were following



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