Just finished our quarters; ordered to march to Kellyís Ford, a distance or 4 miles. It is the coldest day we have had.† We suffer tonight with the cold.
It is very cold. We move into the quarters which the 16th Ill., have just left. They have reenlisted and gone home on furloughs.
Still cold but somewhat abated. We are sent here to guard the commissaries and also fatigue duty.
Weather changed. It is raining and very disagreeable especially as we have no rations.
On duty. Plenty of rations.
Lieut. Col. Newman left for home this morning.
Detailed on commissary guard.
Monday & Tuesday 11th & 12th
Fixing up winter quarters again.
At commissary on detached service with six men [illegible] E. Bonnel Co. E., Ausmas Co. B., I. Angelo Co. F., F. Hickman Co. I., Riley Co. K (?), Reed Co. K.
Drew 6 days rations and received orders to march. We ascended the mountains and marched as far as Whiteside where we camped.
This morning left camp at five: marched on to Shell Mound. Saw the boys, Bob Sinclair, Jim Brown, Neal Hoagland; they look fine, they had received orders to march. We arrived at Bridgeport 3 p.m.
Busy putting up quarters.
Move again and put up fresh quarters.
Chaplain preached today.
Wednesday, February 3rd, 1864
Chaplain preached this afternoon.
Col. Fox in command of the Division.
Battalion drill & dress parade every day.
Sergt. Hill returned.
Chaplain Newman preached today.
Received two monthís pay; sent $50 home.
Great excitement. Morgan reported advancing on us.
(Editorís Note: Morgan had been menacing Union troops around the area of Bridgeport since late Dec. Suffering continued defeat he finally made his way through eastern Tenn. and eventually into Ky. sometime in April. He harassed the Nationals whenever and wherever he could.)
On duty at Pontoon Bridge.
Tuesday, March 1st, 1864
On patrol to Shell Mound (Tenn.)
Col. Fox returned to the regiment.
Chaplain preached: commenced protracted meeting.
Prayer meeting this evening.
Detailed on picket. Lieut. Belt in command.
On picket. Capt. Fordson (?) in command.
Still carrying on meeting.
On fatigue building Fort.
At meeting twice today. Prayer meeting every night.
A heavy snow storm from 1 a.m. to about 2 p.m.; fourteen inches of snow fell.
The boys are having a great time today snow balling.
On guard at the pontoon bridge: rained most of the night.
On picket. Rumors of another raid.
Heard firing today down the river.
A very heavy storm last night.
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