23rd Georgia Infantry

Diary G W Hunnicutt Co. G

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G.W. Hunnicutt Co. G
23rd Georgia Infantry
Day Book for 1863 & 1864
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...........1863
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Dec-10 Reported at Decatur Ga. Furlough home till the
17th
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Dec-15 Left home, went to Cartersville, stayed all
night at Col. Field.
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Dec-16 Left Cartersville for Decatur
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Dec-17 Drilling
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Dec-18 Drilling
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Dec-18 Drilling
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Dec-19 On Guard
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Dec-20 Drilling
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Dec-21 Drilling
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Dec-22 Drilling
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Dec-23 Drilling
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Dec-24 Left Decatur for Charleston, S.C.
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Dec-25 On the way to Charleston
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Dec-26 Got to the Regt. on James Island SC
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Dec-27 On James Island
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Dec-28 On James Island
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Dec-29 On James Island
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Dec-30 On James Island
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Dec-31 On James Island
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...........1864
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Jan-1 On Post at Pringle
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Jan-2 On Post at Pringle
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Jan-3 At camp
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Jan-4 At camp, raining
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Jan-5 Managing Election
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Jan-6 On Camp, Guard, raining
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Jan-7 At camp, rain
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Jan-8 On Post at Cecessionville
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Jan-9 At Camp
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Jan-10 At Camp
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Jan-11 At Camp
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Jan-12 At Camp
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Jan-13 On Picket on the Stono, Raining
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Jan-14 On Picket at the Stono, Fair
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Jan-15 Fell back in reserve
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Jan-16 Returned to camp then marched to Pringle on guard
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Jan-17 Returned to camp
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Jan-18 At camp, went at preaching at night. Text 45
verse, 13 chap, Proverbs
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Jan-19 At camp, Pleasant
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Jan-20 At Cecessionville on fatigue, fair and cool
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Jan-21 On Guard at Pringle, fair and cool
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Jan-22 On front line, returned to camp, heavy
cannonading on Charleston
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Jan-23 At camp, clear and pleasant, light frost, heavy
cannonading around
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Jan-24 At camp, clear and pleasant
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Jan-25 At camp, clear and pleasant
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Jan-26 Cecessionville on fatigue, 5 shells thrown at us
but no damage done, clear
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Jan-27 At Pringle on Picket. Orders for each man to
have 100 cartridges and then placed in light marching
order
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Jan-28 Still at Pringle, Cartridges returned all but 40
to the man the order countermanded, clear
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Jan-29 At camp, at preaching at night, firing on
Sumpter 24 hours 400 shots during the time, clear
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Jan-30 At Pringle on Picket, rain the pm, clear and warm
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Jan-31 Still at Pringle on post returned to camp in the
pm
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Feb-1 On Picket on the Stono, cloudy and pleasant
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Feb-2 On Picket on the Stono in reserve, clear
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Feb2-3 Marched to camp from the Picket line, fair and
cool
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Feb2-4 At camp, Clear and Cool
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Feb-5 On fatigue on the road Charleston, attended
preaching, fair and cool
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Feb-6 At Camp, fair & cool
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Feb-7 At camp at preaching on inspection, fair
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Feb-8 Out on a General review. All the troops on James
Island. Gen Beauregard present. Gen Colquitt ordered
to cook 2 days rashions at 10 o clock at night, fair
and pleasant
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Feb-9 At camp packing up to start to Savanah. the
countermanded in the pm and marched to Pringle on the
Picket. fair & cool
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Feb-10 Returned to camp about 12 o clock and marched to
Savanah Depot then 9 miles to Rantow Station camped
about 9 o clock where we lay until morning
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Feb-11 Struck the line of march for John’s island
arrived there at 4 o clock they opened fire on us we
turned on the left in the swamp & formed line of
battle & lay all night, fair & cool
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Feb-12 Marched around the Island, found the enemy had
left the Island we then struck the line of march for
the Rantow Station camped in an old field, saw Gen
Wise clear & pleasant
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Feb-13 Marched to Rantow got there about 10 o clock
cooked rashions and rested left bon train at 9 o
clock for Savanah Ga. traveled all night
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Feb-14 Arrived at Savanah at 10 o clock where we stayed
all day and night
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Feb-15 Taken the train pm arrived at Valdosta Ga 9 o
clock at night where we stayed until morning, rain
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Feb-16 Struck the line of march for Matison Fla marched
18 miles camp on the Withly Choochee (Withlacoochee)
river
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Feb-17 Struck the line of march at 2 o clock am Arrived
at Matison Fla. about 11 o clock taken the train for
Lake City 60 miles where we stayed all night
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Feb-18 Taken the train for Olestee (Olustee) Station
arrived there about night. Cool

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Feb-19 At camp drilling, Skirmish drilling, fair & cool
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Feb-20 Marched out about 10 o clock & formed Line of
Battle where we lay until 2 o clock when we was
ordered down the road double quick some 3 miles while
the enemy opened their Batteries on us when we filed
to the left & charged them & drove a short distant
when they taken a stand & fought us bravely for about
3 hours with our men falling in every direction when
we routed them & drove them some 3 miles night
closing in we halted & returned to camp hunting over
the field for our boys but found none, learned they
had all been removed our Co. had 14 wounded & 2
killed, Brooke & Bingles killed wounded J Wheeler
James & John Henson, James & John Massey, J R
Hunnicutt John Shamblee, some slightly & some severely
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Feb-21 At camp gathering up the wounded, dead &
prisoners, fair & cool
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Feb-22 Struck the line of march in pursuit of the enemy
camped at Sanderson Station on the Jackson & Fla. RR.
fair & cool
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Feb-23 Struck the line of march camped on Saint Mary
River marched miles, fair & cool
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Feb-24 Struck line of march, Balding 10 miles. fair &
warm
1864
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Feb-25 Fell back 2 miles
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Feb-26 Advanced about 7 miles down the rail road &
camped, fair & pleasant
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Feb-27 Ordered out to a cut on the rail road to guarard
(guard) it, fair
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Feb-28 Still on the Rroad, fair & warm
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Feb-29 Still guarding the Rroad, fair & warm
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Mar-1 March at the cut on the Rroad, rain at night
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Mar-2 At the cut on the Rroad, rain
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Mar-4 At the cut on the Rroad, rain at night unwell
today
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Mar-5 At the cut on the Rroad ordered to cook three
days rashions after night & be ready to move at a
minuet warning, fair & pleasant
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Mar-6 At the cut in the Rroad, fair & cool
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Mar-7 At the cut in the Rroad, fair & pleasant
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Mar-8 At the cut in the Rroad, fair & cool
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Mar-9 Marched back to Balding, rain with wind & thunder
all night
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Mar-10 At Balding heavy rain & thunder all day the
water ways leg deep
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Mar-11 On fatigue loading and unloading cars, fair &
warm
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Mar-12 On fatigue building Breastworks, fair & warm
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Mar-13 On fatigue throwing up Breastworks, fair & warm
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Mar-14 On fatigue building Breastworks, rain at night
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Mar-15 On fatigue building Breastworks, fair & cool
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Mar-16 On fatigue until 12 o clock then cooked 3 days
rashions
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Mar-17 Marched to the Saint Mary River, crossed over
into ______ taken 4 deserters
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Mar-18 Taken 3 deserters
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Mar-19 Taken one Union man the home of Power the
weather fair & pleasant
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Mar-20 Left the Thomas settlement marched to Ortman 6
miles this being in Charlton County Ga.
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Mar-21 Marched to Mr. Hogge hunting men all night it
raining heavy & with lightning and thunder gathering
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Mar-22 Hunting men in Fla. at night
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Mar-23 Marched from Esq. Coward down the right to cross
the river stayed all night
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Mar-24 Marched back to Esq. Coward hunting deserters
near all night, rain after night very hard & cold
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Mar-25 Marched To Mr. Henry’s stayed all night we had
to ford the Saint Mary river, fair & cold. The water
up
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Mar-26 Marched to Sanderson taken the train to Balding
stayed all night
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Mar-27 Marched to Trail Ridge about 15 miles came up
with Capt. Sharp & his squad, fair & warm
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Mar-28 Marched to Whiteville & Middleburg, stayed all
night at Whiteville, rain at night
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Mar-29 Left Whiteville, taken dinner at Wilson & passed
a Yankee taken up three men at night
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Mar-30 Marched to Stark to Capt. Sharp, fair & cool.
Stark is on the Fla. RR
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Mar-31 Taken the train to Balding with 1 prisoner
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Apr-1 At camp writing letters, very windy
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Apr-2 At camp, very cool & windy
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Apr-3 Marched from Balding to Regt. about 8 miles
below, fair & cool
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Apr-4 At camp, rain
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Apr-5 On fatigue
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Apr-6 At camp inspection
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Apr-7 Marched to Balding
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Apr-8 Marched to Trail Ridge elected 3 Sert, some rain
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Apr-9 At Trail Ridge went to Carters at night, rain
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Apr-10 At Trail Ridge
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Apr-11 At Trail Ridge
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Apr-12 Marched to Mr. Brantley’s who gave the boys a
candy party
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Apr-13 Marched to Brown & Saint John River Clay County
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Apr-14 At Green Cove Springs on St. John River taken 1
deserter & one who set deserter over the river to go
to the Yankees, rain in the evening
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Apr-15 Marched from Mr. Righ to Cooper taken Johnson at
night, a deserter, some rain
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Apr-16 At Cooper & drew, fair & pleasant
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Apr-17 Marched to Hamnet with Lieut Brook, fair & cool
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Apr-18 Marched to Wally up in the Senib Putnam County
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Apr-19 Found a pen of Com near Wall House in his _____
which he could not claim so we taken
marched ti ***rton & stayed all night
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Apr-20 Marched to Mr. Brantley’s who gave the boys a
party, I stayed at Mr. Sander, fair & cool
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Apr-21 Marched to Stark left Sander, at one o clock
left Sander about 10, taken the train for Balding
where we joined the Co. & taken the train for Matison
traveling all night
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Apr-22 Arrived at Matison 7 o clock in the morning
Marched out some 3 miles & camp
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Apr-23 Marched to Quitman Ga. taken 2 Yankee deserters,
rain at night
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Apr-24 Hunting Yankee deserters some 10 miles from
Quitman
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Apr-25 At Quitman waiting for transportation, fair &
warm
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Apr-26 Still lying at Quitman
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Apr-27 Still at Quitman Georgia
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Apr-28 Left Quitman 2 o clock for Savanah Ga. in charge
of 12 prisoners, arrived at Savanah at 4 o clock pm,
hard rain
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Apr-29 Taken the train for Charleston, fair
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Apr-30 At camp, James Island SC, fair
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May-1 Drawing clothes on Post at fort Johnson, rain at
night
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May-2 At camp drawing clothes, fair
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May-3 At camp, fair
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May-4 At camp, fair & cool, order to be ready to march
at a minute warning
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May-5 At Fort Johnson on guard 24 hours, fair & cool
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May-6 Came off guard at Fort Johnson, fair
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May-7 At camp ordered to ready to move, fair
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May-8 Taken the boat at fort Johnson for Charleston
then take the train for Wilmington NC, fair
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May-9 Monday we arrived at Wilmington NC 6 o clock pm,
fair & warm
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May-10 Left Wilmington for Weldon found the road on
fire stopped and repaired it & went on
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May-11 Got to Weldon got off the train at a little
station beyond Weldon & marched to Stoney Creek &
taken train for Petersburg, fair
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May-12 Marched out 2 miles ______, rain
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May-13 Marched to Drewry’s Bluff, Marched through the
enemy lines. Gen Beauregard along, Rain & very windy,
got there one hour before day
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May-14 Marched out to support some batteries. We was
shelled very heavy double quick out & moved around on
the right, rain
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May-15 At the Breastworks still fighting on our ______
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May-16 Left at 4 o clock am & moved round on the left our bregade being in reserve about one hour by sun we was ordered round on the extreme left some 5 miles (double quick) Come to the battle ground where we passed over the dead & wounded, some near ****** **** when we charged the Yanks & fought & drove them before us for 2 or 3 miles, them ordering us to surrender & our men ordering them to surrender, we fought until aboute 1 o clock then went into the breastwork. Serg Bell killed, Wounded Joseph Garrett WR Wilson A***** Shamblee, men moved around in the left in the works at night. Our Co. was sent out on skirmish where we lay all night very much fatigued, some rain in the evening
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May-17 Still pursuing the enemy some fighting in front
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May-18 Guarding the turn pike road fighting on the
front line, rain. **** double quick *******
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May-19 On the Turnpike road until night then marched
out to the breastworks & lay all night, fair & warm
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May-20 Marched back to the road & lay until 3 o clock when we marched back to the works & lay all night.
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May-21 Lay at the works until about 4 o clock then ordered to the front works, fair & warm
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May-22 Marched 6 miles down on the right in the pm, some rain & warm
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May-23 lay on the road until night then moved out behind the breastwork, fair & warm
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May-24 Still lying behind the breastworks, rain at night
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May-25 Still in the works
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May-26 Still in the works, rain at night
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May-26 Lay in the works until one o clock when we was run out on the right to meet the Yanks, but they did not meet us, very heavy rain, we came back to the works at night
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May-27 Still at the breastworks, the enimy reported advancing on the right, fair & warm
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May-28 Still at the breastworks, quiet, fair & cool
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May-29 Still at the breastwork
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May-30 Monday, still at the works, heavy cannonading at 5 pm. Orders to march at a minuet warning, fair & cool
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May-31 Struck the line of march for Richmon arrived at Richmon 10 o clock, marched 14 miles to Cold Harbor arrived there about night, our Co. being ordered on the left to support some batteries where they shelled us very heavy, fair & hot

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June-1 Lay in the ditches & building our works, fighting on the left near all day & night
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June-2 Still laying in the works & fighting a long the line occasionally, rain at night
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June-3 The enimy advanced on us at day light 3 column deep, we fought them 3 hours cuting them down at a dreadful rate killing one or more of them to one of our men & we lost but one killed in our Regt. one slightly wounded in our Co. T Hunt the charge of our lines for miles & some place they charge our lines severely times with heavy loss
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June-4 Still lying in the breastworks, cloudy & some rain, lightning occasionally
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June-5 Still lying in the works short firing after night, warm & damp
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June-6 Still in the works sharp shooting
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June-7 Still in the works sharp shooting & received a wound in the left arm, the ball passing through my arm near the elbow, bleeding until I was unable to walk or set up, carried to Richmond
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June-8 Carried to camp Jackson hospital
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June-9 At the Hospital
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June-10 At the Hospital, fair & cool
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June-11 At the Hospital
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June-12 At the Hospital
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June-13 At the Hospital
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June-14 At the Hospital
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June-15 At the Hospital doing very well, cool & fair
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June-16 At the Hospital
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June-17 went before the Berd ****** ticket to draw 4 months wages, Dr. Hoyt the Serg.
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June-18 Got my furlough for 30 days went down into the city & stay all night at the Presidents head quarters
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June-19 Taken the train for Danville change cars & went to Green Borough stayed all night
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June-20 Taken the train for Charlesville *** night
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June-21 Taken the car for Columbia SC arrived at night stayed all night
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June-22 Taken the train for Agusta Ga got there 4 o clock in the pm stayed all night, warm
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June-23 Left for Atlanta Ga, arrived 10 o clock at night, very *******
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June-24 Stayed with my brother J.W. in Atlanta, warm
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June-25 Still with JW
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June-26 Left Atlanta for home, very hot, stayed at Mr. Johnson Monday
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June-27 Traveled 12 miles, stayed at day,
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June-29 Traveled 19 miles , got ______ to fathers about ______ at night
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June-30 Got home very hot, found all well
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July-1 July 1864 At Mr. Farmer
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July-2 At Mr. Farmer
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July-3 At Mr. Farmer, my arm a good deal of pain to me, very warm
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July-4 At Fathers, very hot
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July-5 At Fathers, & EL & FA with me, my arm a good deal of pain _____
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July-6 At Father’s my arm a good deal of pain. Reported that the Yankees was nearby JR & myself looking out for ourselves. Went to G.R. Elliott about 200 Yankees passing close by us, but we kept concealed until they passed us
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July-7 At Elliotts, & Garrett, very hot
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July-8 At Garretts & Elliots, very hot, some rain
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July-9 Came to fathers then to HW Elliott then to Mr. Farmer, very hot.
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July-10 At Mr. Farmer Milly & Jimey here, very hot
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July-11 At Mr. Farmer writing, very hot
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July-12 At Mrs. Farmer, writing, very hot
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July-13 About home, very hot, hot weather
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July-14 About home, very warm
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July-15 About home
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July-16 About home some rain occasionally
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July-17 About home, Some rades of Yankees in the country
occasionally
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July-18 About home warm
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July-19 About home
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July-20 At Home warm
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July-21 At Home warm
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July-22 At Home
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July-23 At Home
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July-24 About home
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July-25 About home
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July-26 About home
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July-27 About home
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July-28 About home
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July-29 About home
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July-30 About home
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July-31 About home
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Aug-1 About home, very warm some rain
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Aug-2 At home rades of yankees in the country occasionally _______
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Aug-3 About home
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Aug-4 About home
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Aug-5 About home
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Aug-6 About home
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Aug-7 About home
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Aug-8 About home
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Aug-9 About home
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Aug-10 About home, heavy fighting near Atlanta & in Virginia also
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Aug-11 About home
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Aug-12 About home
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Aug-13 About home
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Aug-14 About home
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Aug-15 About home
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Aug-16 About home
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Aug-17 At home very hot, Wheeler in the rear of Sherman & Army taken Dalton
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Aug-18 About home, the Yanks rading in our country rain plenty
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Aug-19 About home, JR Hunnicutt here, at NW Elliott
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Aug-20 At home, writing, rain & warm