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

Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 80 - 85

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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soon after I came in front of a house with a fine burning fire shining through the door way [doorway], which was to [too] great a temptation for me now to withstand. I turned my course through the gateway. to thaw my almost frozen limbs although I had been closely enveloped in my blankets, but when I intered [entered] the room my mind was attracted from the fire, although a few moments before it was paramount, in the centre [center] of the floor. sit the table with a smoking dinner of bread, pumpkin meat, coffee butter & milk. now I could feel the keen gnawing of an (as I thought) intolerable hunger. without a penny to [deleted text: buy] [added text: pay] I could not ask to buy, I could not bear to beg, but remained wistfully silent. in one corner near the fire sat a number of our regiment who recognized me, and asked me if I was hungry, I told him that I had not eat anything since the day before and had nothing to eat, the gentleman of the house looked at me but said not a word, in the other corner sat a four

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or five gallon (dinner) pot nearly full of nice stewed pumpkin. my first impulse was to take a plate and dip as much as I wanted and leave the house, but I could not bear the idea, and turned on my heels and left the house in disgust. by this time I was some distance behind the wagon, but after walking about a mile, as fast as I well could, for my weakness I came up with it stoped [stopped], I now got in wearried [wearied] down., after a little delay we went a mile or so farther and camped for the night the wind continued and the clouds began to bank up and soon after dark the snow began to fall, I could not get into the house, and with the help of several sick we soon had a fine fire [added text: of rails] from the fence, with nothing at all to eat except a few ears of corn, which I had found amid some shucks in the wagon. this we parched. and divided among the nine. (there being nine in the wagon) there was four barrels of crackers on another wagon for the sick. one of the nine had

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money he proposed to buy some if we would refund a proportionable [proportional] part back when we could which we agreed to do, but they would not sell them. I told them that we had nothing to eat nor had'nt [hadn't] eat during the day. but to no effect, I then asked for a few for the sick men who were constantly begging for bread I was again refused. when I returned I heard one of our sick a member of (Co [Company], I) tell the wagner [wagoner] . that he could have a havre sack [haversack] of flour (that he had smuggled in the wagon that morning against the surgeons orders,) if he would share his meat with him, I now thought it my chance and went ahead of the wagner [wagoner] and stoled [stole] the flour. after getting warm I found a fever rising & soon lay down, with one blanket under and another over me, I soon became very warm. with fever and the assistance of the fire at my feet,,

Saturday morning Nov [November], 16th . [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

I arose about the dawn of Day and found my blanket all covered in snow which continued to fall through

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the night. I feel clear of fever, and very chilly, the snow has ceased is turning cooler. I had brought a bucket of water from a spring quarter mile distant and we soon had a nice batch of doe [dough] made of the stolen flour without salt or greece [grease] with no cooking vessels except a frying [added text: pan] and tea kettle which I had asked a gentleman to put in the wagon for me at Beckley, the bread was soon as dun [done] as we could bake it in the pan. it was so close & compact. without salt or greace [grease] that It would not cook through without burning upon the outside. we eat heartily while it was warm, and pocketed the remainder for another time, We were soon on our way nothing of importance occurs through the day, the road is the worst winding & the most crooked road that we have yet traveled. We sometimes wind around & through the mountains for two or three miles and then come back near enough the same point to ask a friend for a chew of tobacco, this may seem

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strange to those who never traveled through a mountainous country. but simple enough after explanation, the mountain ridge often makes very short curves. (or bends) and our road comes abruptly to the base of a high mountain ridge, the road must make the same curve, winding along the crooked ridge, gradually asscending [ascending] as we proceed untill [until] after a mile, or two, or three, we come back upon the same ridge at whose base we first started, in sight of the road below, evening, after 17 miles travel we are now in camp for the night. the air being much cooler to day [today] than yesterday, we are compelled to camp in and [an] open field, but we have a fine fire of rails. having no axe, & no one of us able to use an axe, we are forced to use rails or any thing [anything] that we can get, having been clear of fever during the day I suffered vastly with cold. now after becoming warm, by the heat of the fire I again felt evident signs of approaching fever.

Sunday Nov [November] 17th, [View Jenkins Chronology]

Clear of fever but feel very

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weak and nervous. after trying our bread at supper last night we found it too tough for our mouths, and having nothing else to eat, we determined to have some crackers & went one at a time untill [until] we took enough for supper. this morning again we have knocked the head out of the last barrel & taken a scanty supply for the day. night after 12 miles for the day we are at the long sought place. the town is so much crowded that we are obliged to take lodging in a steam tan house with one close ten feet square room with a stove, another stove in a dirt floor room below. very open with three tan vats in the room, here we are without a morcel [morsel] to eat of anything.

Monday Nov. [November] 18th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

With no supper last night, and nothing this morning and no preparation making for provisions and the people not generous enough to give us even a meal. One of our men now having drawn money money [money] on his check. bought a lunch of

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