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Cyrus F. Jenkins Civil War Diary, 1861 - 1862
Pages 98 - 103

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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To listen to the Travels of the regit [regiment] . since I had been absent, their tents had all been burned at Cotton hill for want of conveyanc [conveyance] the wagons having been sent back to Lewisburg or Jacksons River for clothing, & every thing [everything] else was destroyed except what they could carry in their knapsacks. we were now in the wood with out [without] any sheltering except a few tent flyes [flies] they had got hold of.. & from 12 to 15 sleeping under each one, they had now procured about as many cooking vessels as before (by pressing, as the boys term it) from virginia regts [regiments],

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

the weather is extremely cold this morning, I find some excitement among the boys about where we are to put up winter quarters all object to staying here, but express a great anxiety to go to Georgia. or if not to go farther. south. or any where to get out of these mountains, & from under Old Floyd, (as the boys call him)

Monday Dec [December] 2nd,, [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

nothing of

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importance. the clouds are banking up & the prospect for snow is good,

Tuesday Dec [December] 3rd, [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

after a slight rain in the night and now the earth is frozen with a sheet of ice upon top,

Wednesday Dec [December] 4th, [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

We were visited by snow during the last night. to about shoe mouth deep and the weather is horribly cold this morning, the 45th Virginia regt [regiment] ordered to put up huts, great excitement among the officers & soldiers who agree in refusing to put up here..

Thursday 5th. [View Civil War timeline for this date]

orders to Doublin [Dublin] Depot on the Virginia & Tenn [Tennessee] rail road [railroad] .

Sunday evening 3, oclock [o'clock] [View Civil War timeline for this date]

now at dublin a beautiful valley between the blue ridge & alighanies [alleghenies], for four miles back the prettiest country seen since, around Richmond, after a travel of 25 miles from our camp near Peterstown,

Friday night Dec [December] 13th.. 9 oclock [o'clock] . [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

the long desired news has come at last a telegraphic dispatch for the

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13th Reg. Ga vol. [Regiment Georgia volunteers] to report themselves at Charleston S.C [South Carolina],, I happened to be at the depot to see a couple of friend [friends] of Philips. who were going home, when the dispatch came,, I could not believe it untill [until] I saw the copy that was drawn for "Colonel Ector",, I then made my way to camps as quick as convenient & told the good news, but others were as I had been, the news had come so often before, & turned out to be false, that nothing Short of a sight of the dispatch would satisfy them of its reality,, I told them that I had read it. they believed me but suspected a wrong somewhere, But in a short time, a most prodegious [prodigious] yell broke out about the Colonels tent which brought faith, and the yelling spread like fire in hay untill [until] the wood around us rang & the echo sounded for miles around, New life & vigor pervaded every system,, & every object unfurled new beauties, & the dead wood [deadwood]

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almost looked alive,

Saturday Dec [December] 14th. [View Civil War timeline for this date | View Jenkins Chronology]

The regiment drew 5 days ration,, Evening ordered to cook it & be in readiness by six oclock [o'clock] on the following morning, at the Depot,, finished cooking about 12 oclock [o'clock] at night & retired to rest but not to sleep, for the whole camp was in a perfect glee untill [until] the hour had come to pack our now handfull [handful] of baggage,, before the appointed hour all was ready & I as others impatiently waiting for the hour of 8, when the whistle should blow, and waft us on its swift [deleted text: from] wings from a horrible country, & an unloyal [disloyal] people,, 8, oclock [o'clock] & the whistle blew and soon we were flying on the way to Lynchburg, Although our boxes were freight boxes, such as we had before complained of,, but now very acceptable. the weather very cold, we without stove or fire but comfortable enough, we had oftentimes been compelled to disregard Sunday in preparing to fight, marching, firing off our guns, but now we

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I must acknowledge volunterily [voluntarily] held that day in perfect disregard, with as much whiskey as could be considered healthy, card playing. & yelling. seemed to be the order of the day. at 8. oclock [o'clock] we were at Lynchburg. remained two or three hours. changed cars for Petersburg, & traveled only about 10 miles during the night,, about day dawn. the whistle blew and we rattled off. & arrived at Petersburg 4 oclock [o'clock] in the afternoon, remained untill [until] 10. oclock [o'clock] & arrived at weldon 4 in the morning but met with no delay here but after a steady days travel we rested the night at Wilmington N.-C.- [North Carolina] .

[deleted text: Thursday] [added text: Wednesday] Dec. [December] 18th.. morning 8 oclock [o'clock] .

we met at the River Wharf. and soon crossed a steam boat being ready to carry us. As we glided smoothly over the still calm waters without a wave or bubble to impede our progress. we glide along like the moments to the careless idler we scarcely know from whince [whence] we started or whither we goeth [go], But

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when we cast our eyes back upon the rageing [raging] foaming billows in our wake, the scene is changed; the still waters are troubled, & the rising billows foam & lash as they roll back from the wheel houses in mad fury tossing the little life skiff to & fro, as it tugs heavily against the stern line, fastening its bow A little farther and the waves separate forming curved & horrizontal [horizontal] lines pointing to each shore. proudly and majestically chasing each other in uniform motions, presenting to the eye a scene beautifully sublime,, nine oclock [o'clock] we take the train passenger boxes for florence arrived about. 7, oc [o'clock] evening changed cars. freight box'es [boxes] & arrived at Charleston S.C. [South Carolina] at sun up Thursday morning Dec [December] 19th, We were left to roam where ever we pleased untill [until] 11, oclock [o'clock] . when we met again at an appointed place, & marched to the Charleston & savannah rail road [railroad] depot 2 1/2 miles from the

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