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

Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 17 - 26

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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of each stream [deleted text: came] . like two armies madly rushing together, the billows foaming and lashing together as though each were vieing [vying] for conquest, but with their equalities of current and power, they seem now (as we cast our eye farther down) to compromise their fury by mixing their properties, and marching together directly to the northward. each claiming an equal share of glory. one without envieing [envying] . the other, mingle into one. we now left the Sublime scene & arrived at Raleigh C-H. [Courthouse] at noon. now without any provisions at all. except fresh beef. of which we receive 1 1/2 pounds daily from the butchers hand, bread or no bread salt or no salt,


Friday Oct [October] 25. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

evening nothing yet to eat except a little parched corn that we have stolen, and a dish of boiled beef.


Saturday Oct [October] 26th , [View Civil War timeline for this date]

we now get a days ration of corn meal and wheat ground without botting [batting] . and so coarce [coarse] that it cannot be sifted yet it tast's [tastes] delicious.


Sunday Oct [October] 27th, morning 8 oclock [o'clock], [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Ordered to strike tents and prepare to march as soon


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as possible. nine oclock [o'clock] . and all ready for the march. with nothing prepared to eat for the day, we now start in quick time, Evening we arrived at our resting place for the night just as the sun cast its last rays of autumn hue upon the forest trees on the eastern hills to find only five except myself who had kept pace with the leaders of the regiment and our galliant [gallant] Capt. [Captain] they continue to come in one and two at a time, It is now 9 oclock [o'clock] . I'll retire to rest my wearied limbs. after a march of twenty three miles in the space of nine hours, including delays, with the burden of my knapsack gun & accoutrements making at least 35 pounds,


Monday morning Oct [October] 28th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

The provision train having been put in the rear yesterday, did not arrive until midnight, I was now disturbed by several of the men. who were all– hungry not having anything to eat since early morning, I persuaded them to take a nap, and put them off by telling them that I would draw their provisions at


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three oclock [o'clock] .. 2 oclock [o'clock] I was again disturbed & to satisfy them I found the commissary, drew, & distributed, their rations, After cooking for the day. we proceed to Fayette C-H a distance of 2 miles arrived at 9 oclock [o'clock] . where we received an order from Gen. [General] Floyd to advance to the foot of Cotton hill, and there await farther orders. We now marched 7 miles farther, and struck camp at 3 O.C [o'clock] in the evening. I now piled myself in the sun upon the grass, to rest and take a nap, I had scarcely been at ease half an hour, when orders came to retreat back 3 miles to the place first designated, we now have to strike tents and repack our bagage [baggage] . and march 3 miles back making 6 miles unnecessary travel. through the carelessness of officers, which has nettled the feelings of the regiment which is [added text: made] very obvious even to the careless, by the loud yells and bitter sayings of the men. against Lt [Lieutenant] Colo, [Colonel] Douglass. We again struck camp after dark. prepared supper, and all soon fell asleep,


Tuesday Oct [October] 29th ,, [View Civil War timeline for this date]

We to day [today] are not disturbed


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for duty. Nearly all are calmly sleeping away the day,


Wednesday the 30th,, [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

Again ordered to advance. Evening now striking camps three miles on the advance. near by [nearby] our first stopping place, being (I learn) only five miles from Kanawha river, a few miles below the Hawks nest, this being the mouth of the Gauley river & head of the Kanawha,


Thursday the 31st. Evening 10 oclock [o'clock] . [View Civil War timeline for this date]

Now aroused by an order to cook 2 days rations. have the bagage [baggage] packed by 5 oclock [o'clock] tomorrow morning, I have often wondered on such occasions why this could not be thought of before we are in bed asleep. but such is life in camps, we now fell in and finished just in time to have our tents and plunder on the wagon, at the appointed hour. 5 oclock [o'clock] all in batallion [battalion] line with knapsacks two days provisions. guns. & accoutrements. for some unknown quarter. all is intense anxiety to know our destination. to know the part we are to [deleted text: day] play to day [today] . but this is wisely kept a secret. 10 o'clock ,


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Just as day was making his appearance in the east. we heard the shrill clear voice of our Adutant [Adjutant], in the command, forward march! The regiment now marched across Laurel creek, filed left into the turnpike road in the direction of the river and still we were led forward perfectly ignorent [ignorant] of the mission for which we were sent; like the innocent lamb gaily skipping and playing on his way to the slaughter pen, as though going to some clear ripling [rippling] stream, or green pasture for his refreshment, now up! up! we go, along the side of the long mountain ridge, up! up! still we go, around deep precipicies [precipices] yawning for one mistep [misstep] to engulph [engulf] [added text: us], and still above us rises the mountains high. yet gradually shortening the distance above, and [deleted text: lengthing] lengthening the distance to the creek below. untill [until] finally we gained its lofty summit. breaking of each way, to the creek on the left & great Kanawha river on the right far below. a little farther and we see large clusters of hessian tents like, like flocks of sheep up and down the river for 6 or 7 miles


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Now we cross over the ridge, and down! down! we go. with the mountain separating us from our camp, and the River– from the enemy, Until now another mountain peak rises high upon our right. again separating us from the River & the yankee camp beyond, Still down! we go, the mountains closing in untill [until] now wedged in a narrow winding valley, with just space for the little riffling branch plunging and lashing over cliff & bluff. with the road along side; just here we are halted, as we can see the ridge falling back for the waters of the Kanawha. we were ordered to turn to the left and asscending [ascending] the mountain. by clambering up with help of shrubs and in their absence by bracing our muskets against the ground. or by clawling [crawling] from one grub, shrub, cragg [crag] and cliff to another, untill [until] finally after much fatigue we gained the top. where perhapse [perhaps] . this was caused the first footprints that were ever imprinted upon this peak. Now we crossed the main top and were ordered to scatter along some ten or fifteen paces apart, along side



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