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Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 50 - 55

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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he begins to think that all trouble has vanished forever. but as quick as thought the spell is broken and the billows begin to foam and lash against the fragments of his imaginary temple of earthly happiness. 2 oclock [o'clock] . I returned to camp met the wagon on its return. we were now soon in rout [route] for the top of the mountain. repacked the whole baggage and traveled one & on [one] half miles farther. and struck camp for the night upon the side of a mountain. so steep that we were compelled to blockade the tent door to prevent our sliding out in our slumbers to some unknown landing we knew not where, Although the proud 13th. while at Griffin Georgia. had to send out two committees before a suitable camping place could be found, they were now glad to find a resting place even upon the mountains side of [added text: the] western via [virginia] wilds, after preparing the camp and building a fire, I sauntered off to see what I might pick up (our rations being short) I had'nt [hadn't] gone far untill [until] I found a regular beaten path through the mountains. a little farther and a fresh field of corn now in plight [sight]

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for roasting, with any quantity of cow cumbers [cucumbers] and beans. I now fell into gathering the beans in my handkerchief and filling my pockets with cewcumbers [cucumbers] . but before I had finished my mission of roguery the owner with two sentinels from our ranks were upon. me. the owner call [called] to the sentinels and pointed me out. yet I kept gathering for thought I would have a good bait to go under arrest upon. I now soon had a quantity and met the scoundrel and showed my stolen property. and pretended very brave. and informed him if he reported me I should have him mobbed before morning. he took to his heels and left I now passed out undisturbed to camp.

Sunday morning 20th. [View Civil War timeline for this date]

we were soon off from the camp on our rout [route] . we to day [today] are traveling over the lowest swampiest looking country. I ever saw although high above the level of the river, noon we now strike camps, the road being blocked by by a regiment a head [ahead] .

Monday 21st . [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

we traveled down the mountain by a winding narrow road

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1 1/2 miles to the foot of another, which is said to cap the climax of all mountains, which we ascended by doubling teams. Six horses to each wagon, by a road. its formation I'll describe we first took a due westward course for about 200 hundred yards. to the foot of a steep mountain, with a dug out [dugout] in the mountain inorder [in order] to bring the wagon far enough to make the turn by loosing the horses. backing and cutting the wagon by hand. squarely to the south, now 100 yards farther to a steep bluff a due west course about the same distance to another abrupt bend in the mountain. with another dugout and a similar turn with the first a due south course about the same distance to the bluff again, turn westward again 50 yards to the bluf [bluff] . another similar turn north, now winding around the hill westward. to another abrupt turn with the mountain ridge immediately before us still another dugout and similiar [similar] turn to the south 50 yds. [yards] now curving westward to the summit, a distance perhaps 1 1/2 miles from its base and a gained elevation of

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half that distance. we were now ordered by Lieut [Lieutenant] Colo [Colonel] Douglass to stack arms. sling knapsacks, and go back and help other companies bring up their bagage [baggage] . after we had brought up ours without the aid of any of them, by pushing at the wheels ourselves. Although we had sent the horses back twice. He ordered Capt [Captain] McCallay to send his men back. But Capt [Captain] . refused to send his men back. but remarked that he did not object to their going if they wished. My horses may be imposed upon but my men shall not be made pack horses. You then refuse to obey? (sais [says] Douglas) Capt [Captain] I do — If my men wish to go I do not object but I'll give no orders, Douglass, then I'll report you. Capt [Captain] as you please, we now moved forward half mile & struck camp for the night,

Tuesday, Oct. [October] 22, [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

moved on five miles into the Tennessee & Virginia Turnpike road a distance of five miles, over a new cut road through a wilderness, of chestnut and blackjack growth, and struck camp again on a hillside. where we

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blockaded the tent door. to half stand & half lay to repose & rest our wearyed [wearied], bodies, and awoke in the morning to find a steady rain fall [rainfall], which lasted untill [until] 9 oclock [o'clock] . being the third succeeding night that we had witnessed the same, 9 oclock [o'clock] the rain ceased and we marched on in direction for Raleigh. Court house, the wind began to blow severely & the [added text: weather] became very chilly, with a very muddy road we now traveled 8 miles. struck camp with only 15 pounds flour to 60 men for the next days ration. here we pressed a lot of Pumpkin which I volunteered to stew. in order to mix with the flour. which we did. making a considerable addition to the quantity of biscuit our morcel [morsel] of flour alone, would have made my task being complete I retired to rest at 1 oclock [o'clock] in the morning.

Thursday Oct [October] 24th. , [View Civil War timeline for this date]

The regiment called into line by Lieut [Lieutenant] Colo [Colonel] . Douglass then formed into a hollow square, The Lieut [Lieutenant] Colonel,, in the centre [center] . mentioned his efforts to do his duty. since being in command. The much esteemed (Ector. being sick. and unable to command)

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then mentioned his intention to resig[deleted text: t] n after the present fall campaign, this was good news and glad tidings to a majority of the regiment since he. (Douglass) had become very unpopular,, he then wound up with orders for the regiment to march this day in battallion [battalion] line, of four ranks. no man allowed to leave his place in line. each Capt [Captain] ordered to see this order executed, notwithstanding that the road is horribly muddy. and difficult to get along. with the privalege [priviledge] of picking the road, this order was not adhered to for we had gone not more than 100 yards when we came to a mud hole perhapse [perhaps] two feet deep and our ranks were split from one end to the other of the line. after going two miles we crossed piny [piney] creek. a large rocky beded [bedded] swift running current westwardly [westward] our way following its bank. through mud (or properly slop) from shoe mouth to one foot deep, for one mile, to where we were supprised [surprised] to see another stream coming eastwardly of about equil [equal] size coming immediately in contact [added text: one] with the other, now as the waters

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