Civil War Diaries, September 20, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Sept. 20  Recd $25.00 bounty.  Went early in the morning with a bowl of jelly to the hospital sent me by my Mother.

Was detailed for guard duty at Camp Douglas for 24 hours.  It was tedious day’s duty.  All was quiet among the three months boys whose term had expired until 7 o’clock when the sentry was stoned while on duty.  The Corporal soon made his appearance but met with the same reception.

I hurried to the spot & on reaching there found more than 80 men in overt meeting.  Nothing would pacify them.  They had demolished the fence & were upon the beat I ordered them to recede which order was followed by cocking my revolver.  Whereupon the mutineers draw this same instrument.  In this position we stood for 5 minutes until supported by the Officer of the guard with five armed sentrys.

They then returned to their barracks after many imprecations & threats.  I also acted as turnkey of the Guard House.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

20th Saturday  a fine day some cloudy.  I did my choars was at the office a part of the day & evening came home by Hoyts a little before 9 & got home a little after 9 went to bed about 10  nearly sick.  Henry Pollard came home from Camp Douglas.”


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