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Friday, January 1st, 1864

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.

 

Saturday 2nd

It is very cold. We move into the quarters which the 16th Ill., have just left. They have reenlisted and gone home on furloughs.

 

Sunday 3rd

Still cold but somewhat abated. We are sent here to guard the commissaries and also fatigue duty.

 

Monday 4th

Weather changed. It is raining and very disagreeable especially as we have no rations.

 

Thursday 7th

On duty. Plenty of rations.

 

Friday 8th

Lieut. Col. Newman left for home this morning.

 

Sunday 10th

Detailed on commissary guard.

 

Monday & Tuesday 11th & 12th

Fixing up winter quarters again.

 

Wednesday 13th

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.

 

Monday 25th

Drew 6 days rations and received orders to march. We ascended the mountains and marched as far as Whiteside where we camped.

 

Tuesday 26th

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.

 

Wednesday 27th

Busy putting up quarters.

 

Thursday 28th

Move again and put up fresh quarters.

 

Friday 29th

On picket.

 

Sunday 31st

Chaplain preached today.

 

Wednesday, February 3rd, 1864

On picket.

 

Sunday 7th

Chaplain preached this afternoon.

 

Tuesday 9th

Col. Fox in command of the Division.

 

Wednesday 10th

Battalion drill & dress parade every day.

 

Thursday 11th

On picket.

 

Friday 12th

Sergt. Hill returned.

 

Sunday 14th

Chaplain Newman preached today.

 

Tuesday 16th

On picket.

 

Wednesday 17th

Received two monthís pay; sent $50 home.

 

Friday 19th

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.)

 

Sunday 21st

On picket.

 

Friday 26th

On duty at Pontoon Bridge.

 

Tuesday, March 1st, 1864

On patrol to Shell Mound (Tenn.)

 

Friday 4th

Col. Fox returned to the regiment.

 

Sunday 6th

Chaplain preached: commenced protracted meeting.

 

Monday 7th

Prayer meeting this evening.

 

Tuesday 8th

Detailed on picket. Lieut. Belt in command.

 

Monday 14th

On picket. Capt. Fordson (?) in command.

 

Tuesday 15th

Still carrying on meeting.

 

Thursday 17th

On fatigue building Fort.

 

Sunday 20th

At meeting twice today. Prayer meeting every night.

 

Tuesday 22nd

A heavy snow storm from 1 a.m. to about 2 p.m.; fourteen inches of snow fell.

 

Wednesday 23rd

The boys are having a great time today snow balling.

 

Thursday 24th

On guard at the pontoon bridge: rained most of the night.

 

Sunday 27th

On picket. Rumors of another raid.

 

Monday 28th

Heard firing today down the river.

 

Tuesday 29th

A very heavy storm last night.

 


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