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Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 44 - 49

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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with an imploreing [imploring] look that supprised [surprised] me he promised that he would. and I left him to finish his meal, The wagon came around to take the sick man away we fixed him off as comfortable as possible and the wagner [wagoner] drove off for Blue sulphur springs in a couple hours he drove back and left the sick again in my hands. The sick had been ordered from there to the white spring. Capt [Captain] Clark now made arrangements with a wagner [wagoner] of the North Carolina reg [regiment] to take him to Lewisburg and have him up at the post office immediately after breakfast but the wagon had gone the following morning before we got him there having to carry him on a tent cloth. we lay him on the piazer [piazza] floor to see if we could get conveyance for him, the sun soon began to shine in his face and we then moved him in the back room of the house. which contained a few bottles of medicine. an old lounge a side table and two chairs, the petifogger [pettifogger] villian [villain] of a Doctor ordered me to take him out of his room and way. I told him that I would as soon as I could get conveyance to take him away he looked angry but said no more


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I soon found a half dozen wagons going the Blue to Haul the sick to the White sulphur springs. I asked one of the wagners [wagoners] to take my sick man along. If my quartermaster Gray sais [says] so, I'll do it! he is up yonder in that tent pointing to a tent on the Hill sais [says] he, Gray is as clever as any man in the world. I now had some hope of getting him off and went straight to see him. I told him if his condition and – that we had no wagons there except what were in service. and no physician to administer to his wants. he looked at me harshly and remarked gruffly that I had better make him quartermaster of the brigade, I now returned with a determination to do all in my power to comfort and relieve him and if he died. I should feel that I had done my duty. when I returned to the house. the physician told me that he could not stay any longer there. I now became exasperated at his insolence and want of humanity, and I told him. that I wished I was back in Georgia to fight georgias battles. and via [virginia] might go to h--l [hell] and I hoped that he'd go with it


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we carried him back to his tent where I did all that I could for him untill [until] the following day when we got conveyance for him to the hospital where [deleted text: to my supprise [surprise] he recovered] [added text: I hope he may receive good attention] and [deleted text: is] recover,


Sunday 6th. Oct [October] [View Civil War timeline for this date]

we received here of the disappearance of the enemy from the top of Sewell mountain. Our forces scouting to find the new position of the enemy


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

a brush reported here of yesterdays occurrence between our cavalry and the retreating enemy. which resulted in many killed and wounded. and thirty head of horses taken by our scouts without the loss of a man.


Wednesday 9th [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

reported here to day [today] that a brush actually took place on the 7th but contradicting the report of any kill wounded. or the taking of horses. but one ball took effect that was seen, a horse was seen to loose his fly brush,


Thursday 10th , [View Civil War timeline for this date]

a special order from Capt [Captain] McCallay to take the company bagage [baggage] and proceed directly to him despite any other orders that might be given,




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Friday 11th, [View Jenkins Chronology]

an unwelcome visitor. more rain


Saturday morning [View Civil War timeline for this date]

we are now packed up and ready to bid adieu to Meadow Bluff, evening 8 o'clock now at Ball hill near sewell. the station of the 18th reg [regiment] . orders to cook two days rations which we did and retired to rest at 2 oclock [o'clock] .


Sunday morning 13th [View Jenkins Chronology]

all ready for the march in pursuit of the enemy. Evening 5, oclock [o'clock] after 11 miles march over the roughest road & worst wilderness looking country I ever saw we are encamp [encamped] for the night, A fight between the Adutant [Adjutant] s negro and a Soldier. The adutant [adjutant] throws his sword between them making vehement jestures [gestures] stopping them, one circumstance of to days [todays] occurrence I'll mention, once we stopped by a cabbage patch near a house, the Lieut [Lieutenant] Colonel and Adutant [Adjutant] turned their horses in the patch to get a morsel. some of the boys took the privalege [priviledge] of going in for the same purpose. the first mentioned officer ordered the second to have those men in the cabage [cabbage] patch put under guard. he did not do this but ordered them out and told them if they went in again he would,




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Monday 14th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

After 7 or 8 miles. march [deleted text: are] over the roughes [roughest] country yet seen of hills mountains. muddy swamps, along the banks of the rockes [rockiest] creek perhaps that exists. we are encamp [encamped] at Green Sulphur Springs which seem to be hemed [hemmed] in on all sides by high cragged mountains except two gaps near the creek it seems formed by nature for a road,,


Friday 18th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

moved on in direction of the Tennesse [Tennessee] Turnpike road along the winding narrow pike on the side of the mountains, over bluffs, or precicies [precipices] a hundred [added text: feet] below. awful and fright to behold, and to the opposite side is the mountain rising majestically as far above; this is a picture of the country for 7 miles to new river where we are now waiting for the flat to carry us across, 2, oclock [o'clock] all across. now waiting for the bagage [baggage] trains which come one at a time, Night the trains continue to come up one at a time which are immediately ferried across,


Saturday 19th. [View Jenkins Chronology]

ordered to take half the bagage [baggage] at a time and proceed up the mountain, which is said to be


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1600. feet grade to the mile along the pike road then ordered to put all on, after which we traveled half mile to the base of the mountain and threw half the bagage [baggage] off and the wagon moved on, I together with several others remained with the bagage [baggage] for the next train. and took a stroll up the river along a narrow road between the bluff and River. ranging from 7 to 100 feet from water to bluff, of solid stone from 70 to 100 hundred feet in perpendicular height, on the left ran the river of solid stone bed. three hundred [deleted text: feet] [deleted text: yards] [added text: yards] wide, reaching as far above as the eye could reach. a little below the rock suddenly disappeared. the water falling in solid column, the whole width of the river,. to the depth of from ten to fifteen feet, abruptly lashing and foaming among the broken fragments of granate [granite] below, making a striking contrast with the waters above as they glided smoothly and list[added text: less] ly along without an [deleted text: an] impediment to impede it [its] progress. a riffle [a-riffle] or abubble [a-bubble], like the sweets of human life when the soul is happy. without one contra current to prevent the free fruition of his joy



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