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

Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 86 - 91

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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dry beef which we have been eating with out [without] bread (through the day). which can not [cannot] be bought,, night. considerable fever again to night [tonight] .

Tuesday morning Nov. [November] 19th. [View Jenkins Chronology]

My fever still remains unceasing since yesterday. Nine O clock [o'clock] Dr. Beasley came round [around] to see us, and gave me a quanity [quantity] of quinine. for the day saying that my fever was too high for other medicine. evening I feel better my fever having greatly abated. to day [today] we have drawn fresh beef and one days ration for three days. being one third ration each day.

Wednesday 20th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

I feel much improved. without fever. rain again to day [today] . nothing of importance to day [today] . [deleted text: nothing] Night I will relate a circumstance. of the rascality of soldiers that I have to night [tonight] heard of.. on saturday night last we camped in an open field (near a Widow womans house) by the creek. where a large kettle of 60, or 70 gallons size was hung upon a pole I suppose for washing purposes. after night [deleted text: one of] two Soldiers one from the 50th.

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the 51st. reg Via vol. [regiment Virginia volunteers] after the kettle saying they had bought a hog from the Lady and wished the kettle to scald it. they had also borrowed cooking vessals [vessels] to serve it, the next morning the Lady had missed two hogs from her slaughter pen all her geese and many chickens She complained to Dr. Barber under whose control the sick were, He with supprise [surprise] & fained [feigned] abhorrence for georgians replied, Think you after I have put myself to the trouble of killing a beef for the 13th. regiment Ga. vol [Georgia volunteers] they hav'nt [haven't] stolen your hogs, geese, chickens, and carried off your cooking utencils [utensils] . this the Virginians told a gentleman in my presence while parching the gentlemans corn they had stolen from the loft of the room where we were. This was more than I could bear in silence. I only remarked that the stolen property went as the corn is going. if you had not been caught, you would have told that the dam'ned Georgians (as you call them) did it, in Justice

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to Dr. Barber he did kill the beef. but not a Georgian tasted the meat although [deleted text: they] that portion that was not ate up before was put under our care on sunday night, in the tan house, and weighed to the 50th. & 51st. reg [regiment] 's on monday morning.

Thursday morning [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

Snow fell through the night. and continues to fall, fine and thick. evening. we have drawn flour beef and Salt. full rations for the three days. the snow has ceased. but the clouds continue to loom up thick and dark.

Friday Nov [November] 22nd. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

after a night of sleepless agony with my jaw & teeth, keen darting pains (as quick as electricity) through the jaw bone, and each tooth, that make every muscle & nerve within jerk & quail. then a tremer [tremor], and another flash continuing through the night without intermission. I arose nervous pale, & very weak, and yet I feel symtoms [symptoms] of the same this morning. a slight rain fell during the night. but freezing as fast as it fell upon the snow, making the surface a solid sheet of ice as

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slick as glass,,

Saturday Nov [November] 23rd.. [View Jenkins Chronology]

after another sleepless night, pacing the room and sitting over the stove without a moments sleep, or a moments ease except with my mouth full of cold water. I again take my pen to chronicle my distress.

Sunday Nov [November] 24th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

I must again chronicle the distressing story of yesterday morning. Evening the Physician this morning gave me large portions quinine for the day, every three hours to be taken. I now can [deleted text: feel] hear the machinery of a variety work shop working & jingling in [added text: my] ears, but I feel more at ease than I have felt in three days.

Monday, Nov [November] 25 [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

after a sound nights sleep I feel much refreshed, but find my jaw considerably swolen [swollen], Evening in comes a scene interesting to Georgians though of no importance to virginians.. Up steps a large Bull with all the seeming pride & Sangfroid of a young City lawyer, with two dressed hogs upon his back. His driver walking

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lazily behind we asked him if his wagon (Bull) was not very well laden, Oh! no, sais [says] he. I can [added text: pack] 500 pounds over these mountains on him. the meat was readily sold at l0. cts [cents] per pound, and he mustered his team out of town.

Tuesday Nov [November] 26th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

I now felt an increasing fever in my jaw which continued badly swollen, and commenced a heavy thobbing [throbbing] .

Wednesday Nov [November] 27th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

I am now called upon to chronicle the sad inteligence [intelligence], of the death of C.W. Emlin, a member of co [company] (B) Who has fought his last battle upon earth, now trying the realities of an unknown world, a reality that all must sooner or later try, for every day [everyday] observation teaches us that death is as certain as life. this is the first scene of death I have witness [witnessed] in the company, out of 12 or 13, It is hard to die at home. with the comfort[deleted text: able] ing words, and soothing hands of Parents, and dear kindred. but harder still in a fareign [foreign] land to bid adieu with all earth. without

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a parting word or glance.

Thursday the 28th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

My Jaw is certainly rising. but with this exception I feel very much improved in health & strength. Evening having heard that our reg– [regiment] is at Peterstown about 25 miles distant, and by going on tomorrow I will have an oppertunity [opportunity] of wriding [riding] 20 miles of the distance. upon the wagon bearing our deceased friend. (to the railroad), I have determined to go. for I am perfectly disgusted with this place.

Friday 29th. 12 oclock [o'clock] . [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

we left Princeton this morning with the first appearancies [appearances] of day light, over a rough muddy road we have made 11 miles, The clouds are thickning [thickening] up with evident sighns [signs] of rain. since we have been resting and taking refreshment. a negro came along one of the boys (there being [deleted text: five] [added text: four] of us) asked the negro if he knew where we could get some whisky. he replied that there was but one half gallon in the country & that belonged to him self [himself]

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