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Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 92 - 97

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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We mutually paid him two & a half dollars, for it and then proceeded, three oclock [o'clock] the rain set in. and I set into the whiskey (having taken a horn before) the rain continued untill [until] we were soon drenched in water. the road now being so rough that we were obliged to walk, the water now began to trickle down my body and almost chilled me through with a heavy head ache [headache] and thobbing [throbbing] Jaw, I determined to keep well stimulated if I became intoxicated. in which case I knew the boys would care for me,, at, 5, oclock [o'clock] we came to the river (New) at Shoemakes [Shoemakers] ferry where my road crossed the river for Peterstown., I found that I was pretty well drunk. and tried to beg off from a parting drink, but finally took it and we parted one crossed with me (the other two had furloughs to accompany the remains of C.W. E [Emlin] home) night was now closing in, and being refused a lodging with the ferryman we trudged along through the rain & mud, and I

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very weak. drunk., and fatigued. now went blundering and falling about untill [until] we had gone 2 1/2 miles farther, with no house in sight, we came to a pen covered over with straw making a fine shelter, we agreed to put up in there (with spralls [sprawls] ) for the night

Saturday morning 30th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

when I awoke with a severe head ache [headache] and tremer [tremor] of nerves. I heard the wind fiercely howling & the sleet Rattling thick upon our shelter and the earth around. with not dry thread upon for I had not dried any through the night. I dreaded the day before me, but the sleet soon ceased and the clouds cleared away, after the sun began to shine out, we started on our march. about a quarter distant under the hill we came to a widows house We asked her if we could come in to dry and warm, She replied that we could warm at the next house. nevertheless we we went in and while warming a conversation arose that almost made my heart sink within me, she told us of soldiers come here yesterday almost

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perished to death offering her half Dollar for a peice [piece] of bread as large as her four fingers & boasting of her profit gained by selling soldiers bread at these enormous prices, who were almost perished and worn down trying to protect her own country and fire side. I now left in disgust we soon came to a large creek very full. and running very swift. with no apparent way of crossing exept [except] in a small canoe which we found hemed [hemmed] in between two tree tops reaching out into the main current with nothing to paddle our little bark except a slab from a fence rail we got in and steared [steered] out square into the main current, the only way that we could avoid the tree tops above & below us, as soon as our little craft reached the rough foaming current, inspite [in spite] of our exertions to it, the little boat dashed by the force of the mad rapid current into the tree top below, knocking off my hat which rode the waves like a duck. as long as I had time to watch its course

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at the same time I struck another limb abreast which caused the boat to duck & dip. but with all my strength I kept it above the limb untill [until] my mate. could get out upon the body of the tree. about two feet under the water, & chain the boat to a limb. when I followed him again to shore, Soon after we saw a man on horse back who carried us a cross [across] . one at a time. soon after leaving leaving this place we came to a small hut on the road side. we called and asked permission to warm & dry our wet feet. she treated us very kindly [deleted text: and] evinced much sympathy for Soldiers. & seemed Loyal to our cause. also informed us that she had three sons in our armies. She soon prepared us a good meal of flour bread & boiled ham. she told us that she had no coffee. I had brought some in a sock. (the only thing I had) my hankerchief [handkerchief] being full of salt.) we parched and made coffee, After eating I asked her charge. she said nothing;

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that she was willing to do all in her power for the soldier, yet I could not leave with out [without] giving her something to compensate such kindness. having nothing else to give I emptied the contense [contents] of my sock, & had I ten times the quantity I would have freely given it, we now proceeded. & after going about one mile I came to a one horse wagon covered over with corn tops. I suspect what I soon found to be the fact. a barrel of whiskey underneath the pretended cover. as we neared the wagon. a by stander (& soldier too) addressed my collegue [colleague] who had a cup, "lond [lend] me your cup, I want a half pint of [deleted text: Wh] Whiskey & we hav'nt [haven't] anything to get it in. Ill give it back as soon as I get the whiskey." he paid his quarter, the whiskey was soon drawn. with a precaution to him not to get drunk. not to drink all at once. Oh! sais [says] the soldier I can drink it all. "yes but it will make you [unclear text: drunk] & you must not get drunk. sais [says] the other, after tasting it, he replied O God, I believe it will

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make me drunk.. he then drank a draugh [draught] & offered the cup around, all refused & he seemed puzzled to know what to do with the remainder, after hanging his head & looking thoughtful for a moment. he raised his eyes with a brightened countenance & replied I know what I can do with it O God. I can pack it in my cup – I'm going your road & I'll hand you your cup when I drink the whiskey, (turning to my collegue [colleague] ) we found the camp just before night as I walked up one of the boys, said great God, yonders [yonder's] Cy Jenkins & with a roar of laughter that made the woods ring, they greeted me with apparent pleasure. every one [everyone] had something to say about my hat; or my want of a hat!! untill [until] I told them [deleted text: the] how I came to loose [lose] it which caused another great laugh. I now lay down before the fire to rest for I felt much fatigued. though I felt much better than [added text: when] I left Princeton, my Jaw had been running freely during the day and had ceased hurting and nearly suaged [assuaged] .

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