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

Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 74 - 79

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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at McCoys mill (only 12 miles from Fayette) where a greater portion of the brigade overhauled us, and we were detained untill [until] ten oclock [o'clock] Floyd here rode by on a long eared mule, & asked, if we were sick, without even an apparent emotion of sympathy. after leaving this place we trudged along untill [until] night when we came to a very mudy [muddy] bogy [boggy] branch. where the avalanch [avalanche] had bogged down with one wounded and one sick, our horses had almost failed not having anything to eat on the rout [route] all the medical stores were thrown off our guns and knapsacks also in order to take on the two above mentioned. the sick also got out, and the horses with all their might carried the empty wagon through. the horses were now so near exausted [exhausted] that the sick could not all go, none seemed willing to be left. I with the conciousness that some were really weaker than myself. I alone agreed to be left, Dr. Beasley now told me if I did not feel able to walk to Beckley (Raleigh C-H [Courthouse] ) three miles distant. to spread my blanket


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and remain untill [until] morning when he would send the wagon after me, which I should have done had it not been for the first Christian hearted Virginian I had dealt with. who told me that I could stay with him if I was to sleep upon the floor. which I readily accepted, though with my mind in a perfect straight for I had not a single penny to recompense his kindness. (We had drawn checks a few day before but mine not having been dated I sent it to the Q–M. [Quarter Master] for date I was sent to Fayette before its return) I was soon invited to the table of cold corn bread, warm rye coffee & a small quantity of cold meat, of which I partook very sparingly. for I had not tasted nourishment in twenty eight or thirty hours. my appetite now had become very sharp. I spread my blankets soon after, before the fire & slept soundly through the night. and awoke very much refreshed in the morning. a breakfast was soon ready of baked turkey eggs bread and coffee, of which


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[deleted text: of wh] I partook very sparingly, and felt more distressed than before for the time had now come for a reconing [reckoning] . I was soon released by one John McLendon of our reg [regiment] - company (A) who could not make the change for his bill alone and profered [proffered] to pay both mine & his, which released me for the present. I told him of my poverty, but told him that he should loose [lose] nothing, rain had been falling through the night. at intervals. and now the clouds were thickening and the rain set in steady and heavier. I now wrapped up in my blankets and took a path through the mountains for Beckley 2 l/2 miles distant, the rain increased during our troup [troop] and became slightly wet, I found the sick room of the sick belonging to the (Co [Company] ) I do, and put up with them, the rain increased without intermission through the day. I ate a small quantity of flour bread about three oclock [o'clock] . in the afternoon, I felt fatigued and weak but without fever or pain. about nine oclock [o'clock] at night several of the company came


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in, (who were not fit for duty) who informed me of the fight [deleted text: on the] at cotton hill on Laurel creek. on Tuesday evening 12th.) the evening of my retreat from fayette at night. Capt. [Captain] McCallay caused the first yanks to bite the dust of about 70. according to the yankees account that night upon the battle ground after hunting their wounded & dead. "one of them in the hearing of our pickets exclaimed that the damned rebels. had killed 70. our loss was one Virginian killed. one Green of (Co [Company] A) 13th reg– [regiment] wounded in the neck. 12 oclock [o'clock], night . Dr. Green the physician attending the sick now came in ordering all who were able to walk and carry their clothing to get up and leave immediately that the enemy would be upon them before morning and all who were able to walk would be left. those who came in the early night and the nurses left. the physician who showed evident symptoms of Drunkness [Drunkeness] lay down & soon fell asleep. I also fell asleep and was aroused after a time by


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a like confusion to that at Fayette a few nights ago, horses feet were rattling up and down the road swords & sabres [sabers] were jingling, voices were ringing through the air in all directions "The yankees will be here before day the sick must be carried off.. Where are the wagons? where are the drivers? where are the physicians? the whole [deleted text: town] town in an uproar and the people panic stricken. I must acknowledge that I was astonished at want of firmness in those who were well, the sick were calm in our room. I again fell asleep, but was again aroused by the dizzy headed man of physic who ordered the sick to pack up their blankets in readiness. a gentleman now came into the room and Dr Green asked him to try to get a wagon for the sick, and again fell asleep. the gentleman came in again after a half hours time, aroused the Doctor and informed him that he could not get a wagon. the Dr. [Doctor] again lay down but the scene out door [outdoors] continued untill [until] day, when "Clark," the Surgeon of our


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regiment came up and soon pressed three wagons & we left at about sunrise, this being Friday Nov [November] 15th. the wind comminced [commenced] sharply from the northwest and the clouds began to pass away, the wind continued bleak and cold, I must stop to sympathize with those who [deleted text: have] [added text: are] fortunately well, but unfortunately are compelled to wade the mud (or more properly slop) which is almost intolerabl[deleted text: y] e not a pinpoints space can be found less than shoemouth [shoe mouth] deep and the greater portion of our way so far is axletree deep in slop about the thickness of hot mush, here are two soldiers walking one after the other. and before the one can put his foot in the track of the other, the mud closes and no sign of the track is seen. evening three o clock [o'clock] . we now have left the (Via & Ten [Virginia & Tennessee] ) turnpike road and taken the road. (at shady spring 12 miles on our rout [route], from Beckley.) for Princeton Murcer [Mercer] County. our road is now much better. 5 oclock [o'clock], I became so cold that it seemed intolerable, I got out to walk





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