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

Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 68 - 73

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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Awaiting for the yankee boys
To come to our stand
As for sleep I Pass it by
Waiting for a yankee spy
The woods are thick the trees [added text: are] tall
Yet by my post must stand or fall.
I turn my eyes from place to place
Looking for a yankee face
yet twelve hours, here must stand
And watch as faithful as I can

Night– nine oclock [o'clock], now comes our bread & beef, we'll take for hungers releafs [relief] . nor a bite we'[added text: ve] taken in hours, thirty eight, We'll take a biscuit, boys. then its mate,

Tuesday Nov [November] 5th. [View Jenkins Chronology]

the canonading [cannonading] is kept up stead'ly [steadily] through the day time. but no damage has yet been done by their guns and we have no good reason to believe that we have accomplished anything. twelve oclock [o'clock] . we have received another meal, and its bearer informs us that our regiment is again ordered. to move back three miles to our old camp.

Wednesday the 6th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

we have received

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another meal, our provision being cooked at camp and brought to us. we received one meal daily, Another unwelcome visitor rain. rain. Evening half Past four. we have received an order to pack our blankets and return to camps, another detachment having come to releave [relieve] us. 7 oclock [o'clock] . once more at our camp. after a muddy and fatiguing tramp of nine miles.

Thursday Nov [November] 7th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

I have been busily engaged the whole day in assisting the Capt [Captain] in making out the payroll. having been in service now four months this is the first appearance of any forth coming money to remunerate us for the hardships we have endured, and the fatigue we have borne, yet I must say without any apparent benefit to the service.

Friday Nov. [November] 8th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

again busily engaged at the same business. during this day. Although I feel sensibly the effects of cold with slight fever.

Saturday Nov [November] 9th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

with a steady rain through the last night which seems to be increasing, I find myself considerably worse this morning. considerable fever

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and constant aching and chilly sensation. night with[added text: out] a morcel [morsel] of refreshment. [deleted text: I must] through the day. I must suffer away a long night of agony,

Sunday morning Nov [November] 10th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

still no appetite to eat. but less fever & aching sensations. The assistant Surgeon has called around & advised me to go to [deleted text: the] Fayette C-H. [Courthouse], three miles distant, where he sais [says] I may soon be able to return in good health. with the advantage of a comfortable and better attention than can be given here Night 7 oclock [o'clock] . Fayette C-H [Courthouse], I arrived here about nine this morning was conducted into this a very comfortable small room by the physician in charge of our sick here. he asked me if this would not be a comfortable room. which I answered in the affirmative. he then told me to make a fire of rails or anything that I could find. after doing this, which fatigued me down, I spread my blankets upon the floor and here spent a miserable day with[added text: out] a soul in the room, Not a cooking vessal [ vessel], or even a tin cup, without a drop of water

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the whole day except a draught that I got by walking to the spring after it. my feelings may be more easily imagined than described, night now closed in without a soul in my room, and I prepared my mind to spend the night alone. when to my supprise [surprise] and joy M. A. Kelly & Alfred Ivey, two members of our Com. [Company] came in one sick, the other to attend him. a little supper was soon fixed up and I eat a portion of a fritter, but soon found that I had no taste for nourishment.

Monday Nov [November] 11th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

the physician now came in and fixed up some quinine, and soon left. which I took according to his direction. but with no apparent effect Evening no change. with no appetite to eat I have only taken a small portion of batter cake. for the day,

Tuesday evening Nov [November] 12. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

I awoke this morning with a swolen [swollen] jaw. and a peculiar tingling pain near my ear. an evident symptom of mumps. the physician came in nine oclock [o'clock] & pronounced it such..

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[deleted text: the] Our nurse has just returned from camp with the word that the regiment has been ordered into line to meet an expected attack the enemy having crossed the river, I scarcely know how I felt I cannot say that I was anxious to get into a fight, yet I was very sorry that I could not be there. for I wished to share the fate of my comrades let that be what it might. I was restless and the more I thought about it the more restless I became untill [until] finally I concluded to go if I could possibly get there I asked the nurse to go out and get me a few apples. & took advantage of his abscence [absence] to get away. I started by the spring to get water but before I had made half that distance. I found that my efforts were vain, and returned more miserable than before, The moments now draged [dragged] like days, & the day seemed never to end, Nine oclock [o'clock] . night. The scene in the streets becomes exciteing [exciting] & interesting the sound of horses feet and the clanking of sabres [sabers] . swords. and guns

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are now heard in every direction the news has come that three thousand of the enemy have crossed the river above and are now coming up luke creek, are now within a few miles of the turnpike three miles from our camp, and in the rear. leaving Fayette. this place also half mile in the rear. The sick are now ordered to retreat. after two hours excitement with a continual uproar. we moved off with all the medical stores, and nine men upon a two horse wagon. [deleted text: through] we made very slow speed along a very muddy and winding mountain road, and several times during the night, it was necessary that some of the sick should walk. it became impossible for the faithful horses, which tugged with all their might as though they were conscious of our emergency. some not able others not willing there was but two of the number myself an [and] Dan Owens who were willing to take the mud. the air was chilling to my thin blood and I became almost intolerably cold. morning found us

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