Digital Library of Georgia > Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862

Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 39 - 43

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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their portion of the work, evening all the working party have come in and the fortification is completed. being only 5 miles in length along the bank of the river.

Monday, [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

to day [today] I feel very weak & and feeble. from cold. with slight fevers. everything is still & Calm, in camps. Gen [General] Lee is here. " evening; ordered to cook one days ration and have the bagage [baggage] packed by 5 oclock [o'clock] in the morning.

Tuesday morning. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

still feeble but all ready to go with regiment where ever it may be sent. 7, oc [o'clock] called into battallion [battalion] line, orders read, for the bagage [baggage] wagons to remain here. each man to take his knapsack & blankets, I being one of the wagon guards, was detailed to remain and take charge of the bagage [baggage], I asked the Capt [Captain] to let me go. he told me that he had rather I and Frank Hendon would stay he remarked that I was feeble, he thought it best to stay. but I could go if I was not willing to stay. I then remained satisfied, none of the officers even, knew where they were going. I hated to see them go, and be left, but I thought it my duty to do the Captains will.

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during the day I heard they were expecting a battle at sewell mountain, Wise Legion being stationed near there were expecting an attack,

Thursday morning. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

the clouds hang heavy and loom of dark. nine oclock [o'clock] the rain begins steady and the clouds boil up thick & angry. which seem to foretell a gloomy season ahead, Oh how I sympathize with my comrades who are exposed to such a cold and chilling rain without even a shelter to protect them against its chilling influences, Although I am well sheltered I would feel better to share their sufferings with them, than be here housed in my tent, and know that they are exposed,, " evening. several from the hospital have come in, and three from Sewell. sick, that bring the news that a fight is inevitable. the rains still fall steady with [added text: out] secession [cessation] .

friday morning. [View Civil War timeline for this date]

the wind begins to howl fiercely from the east and the rain now begins to pour down in torrents as though the whole heavens had opened we now have fourteen sick from the hospital and camp. to cook and care for. and the rain pouring without intermission, and the face of the earth afloat in water. cooking is utterly

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impossible here I will go [deleted text: to] and get the Lady of the house at the well, to cook breakfast. she promised to do so provided I pay her in coffee. which is preferable to money. I gave her two pounds of coffee and found the rations to be cooked, which she prepared nicely. "night. The rain continued to fall and the wind to howl fearfully during the day and yet there is no intermission. since we have partaken of another meal prepared as above mention I must lay myself down not to sleep, but to toss to and fro with restless anxiety for those exposed to such drenching rains, and howling winds which make the tents reel and quiver, although strugling [struggling] amidst their last efforts to withstand the heavy currents invading them,

Saturday. [View Civil War timeline for this date]

the clouds have broken away and the howling winds have ceased but in the valley just below the camp where ran a small ripling [rippling] stream. winding its course through the meadow, has swelled to a large concourse of infuriated waters rolling majestically along. sweeping everything in its reach away,

Monday Oct [October] 7th. , [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

We are called upon to chronacle [chronicle] the loss of a Colonel. (his residence Richmond Via [Virginia] )

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The price of whoes life was the wine cup, which drove from his eyes the fear of death & love for life. with dauntless steps he rode forward untill [until] pierced by the shots of two of the enemies pickets which ended his career in the armies on earth to join the armies in heaven or the demonds [demons] in H--l [Hell] . We are now informed that the pickets are firing upon eachother [each other] at every oppertunity [opportunity] .

Tuesday 8th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

news that one officer and private of the 20th Miss [Mississippi] regiment were killed while the pickets we [were] taking their Posts,

Wednesday. morning. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

James Hancock, a member of the same company that I belong, having been sick for several days now became eminently worse, we having no physician here, I informed Capt [Captain] Clark. (who was in charge of the post for this regiment) of the fact. he told me to go to General Floyd.(who was still here, on account of a wound arm) and inform him of the fact. I proceeded to the guard line around his quarters, and was admitted upon the plea of especial business with his excellency Gen, [General] Floyd. when I approached I found him sitting down to a table of smoking boiled beef, biscuit, and coffee. as I approached

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near. I felt a mysterious feeling flash over me I had never spoken to him, and had never seen him but the one time. I thought of that stern look and commanding voice. and now I see his hard visage, and stern gaze turned upon me which aroused emotions more easily imagined than described. It was more like I used to feel when I met my sweetheart, except there was no secret joy elating my heart, I pulled off my hat like a negro as I thought I was, and opened my mouth to speak. I felt a curious quivering of my nerves and a twitching of the under lip a convulsion of the muscles, and a some thing rise up in my throat that felt as large as my fist. but I managed to speak distinctly although the same stern gaze was fixed upon me, he now spoke to my great supprise [surprise] & releaf [relief] in a calm & mild tone. I now felt perfectly at ease, for I was satisfied that I would neither be knocked down or carried to the guard tent. after asking me various questions concerning the case. he turned to one of his aids who was sitting at the table in breathless silence if he would attend to that for him

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