Civil War Diaries, October 31, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Oct. 31  We left our quarters near New Haven at eight o’clock & started on our sixth days march.  In the morning before leaving I did an hours service for the Capt. by way of writing & filling out payrolls.  My feet were blistered so badly that I changed my boots for Robts shoes.

The team that we impressed yesterday follows us today to carry overcoats & blankets.

Dr. Potter very kindly offered me a ride whenever I desired (on any of the regimental wagons.)

We passed through Hodgensville at two oclock & went into night quarters six miles beyond near a little stream of water.  We wound our way up the Muldraugh Hills soon after leaving New Haven & passed the house where Abram Lincoln was born.  We had plenty of good straw to lie upon & rested admirably.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

31st Friday  a fine day.  I did my choars was at store all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 sick.  Frank went to Chicago & came home with butter night.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 30, 1862

30th Thursday  a fine day  I did my choars was at office some & choared round house some came home by Hoyts about 9 & went to bed near 10 about sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 29, 1862

29th Wednesday  a fine day & evening.  I did my choars was at office all day & evening came home at 9 & soon went to bed sick.  Frank went to Winfield to Col Bee on road.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 28, 1862

28th Tuesday  a fine for the season.  I did my choars was at the office some & drew some corn & put in crib towards night, at office in evening came at 9 & soon went to bed.”

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Civil War Diaries, October 27, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Oct. 27  After we had rested a little I got up at 4 oclock & made me a cup of coffee, boiled me some rice that I had in my pocket, ate my cast iron crackers & we left camp at nine oclock.  Read two chapters in my testament before starting.  We went on a cross road that led from Lawrensburg to Bardstown–it was a rough & stony road, traveled but little & went leisurely along accomplishing but ten miles of our journey the 2nd day.  We camped with our  brigade upon an eminence while two brigades were ahead.  I went 30 rods & got an armful of hay–which made me a little more comfortable but before morning I had to go to a fire to warm me.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

27th Monday  A fine pleasant.  I did my choars, went to the office after breckfust, came back about 9 & Jona Pomeroy husked the corn in this field fenced the stacks dug the turnips etc fixed corn crib.  I was at store in evening came home about 9 & went to bed before 10.  Jerry Dady corn husking.”

Civil War Diaries, October 26, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Oct. 26  The camp was signaled at four oclock & we sprang out of bed to prepare for striking tents.  The snow had fallen during the night to the depth of 4 inches.  A surprising occurrence for Ky.

At 9 oclock Sabbath morning we left Frankfort traveled all day with the exception of a half hour halt at two oclock.  We marched for twenty miles, halting after dark on a cold hillside near a rivulet.  A plenty of dry rails made us quite comfortable by being up twice in the night to see to it.

We left 200 sick from our Regt in Frankfort among whom was Albert Buchanan & Henry Wyman.

It was hard to leave the boys behind–but their hopes of a discharge eased the parting.  We carried our knapsacks, haversacks & two days rations, canteens, cartridges boxes & wel filled guns & overcoats.  The night was very cold but our fires soon dried the ground that was covered with snow.  Mr. OConner fell to the rear & did not overtake us that night.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

26th Sunday  A cold cloudy morning but rather a fine day.  I did my choars was at the office in the morning came home choared the house the most of the day wrote some etc was at office & Hoyts in evening came home about 9 & went to bed nearly sick soon.  Doma McNelly Jane & Eliza came over & went back about 4 or 5.”

Civil War Diaries, October 25, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Oct. 25  Roll call was the first of the days programme.  It being Saturday we were excused from drilling.  Woke in morning & found a dead pig in the tent weighing about 15 lbs.  One of the boys in the company brought it in.  We had a meal that made us think of home.  We went to sleep with full stomachs.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

25th Saturday  rather a cold raw day & evening.  I did my choars & went to the mill after my cider had a most 3 barrels got home about 11 choared round the house pulled onions & wheeled home Wrays onions, went to office in evening came home at 9 & soon went to bed near 10.”

Civil War Diaries, October 24, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Oct. 24  Recd a letter of Mrs. Holmes.  The duties of Sergeant Major devolved upon me in the morning.  We had a company drill in the morning & Battallion drill in the afternoon as usual.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

24th Friday  rather a cold raw cloudy day with some snow squalls, I did my choars was a making cider drew two loads down in forenoon & made cider in afternoon got home at about 7 & went to bed about sick 8 ½.”

Civil War Diaries, October 23, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Oct. 23  Awoke feeling much better & called the roll as usual, but did not drill any.  I stood two hours on a soldiers beat that was formerly a tailor, while he sewed up my breeches pockets along the side & made the pocket hole on top so that things therein would not fall out.  Called the roll, made out the report & started for Head Quarters.  There was a mistake in giving us the countersign.  I was detained some time at the gate.  The counter sign was Romney we had it Bonney.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

23rd Thursday  A fine cool day & evening, I did my choars & finished picking my apples went to office in evening, came home about 9 by Hoyts & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.”

Civil War Diaries, October 22, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Oct. 22  Still feeling unwell I did not get up until after breakfast–lay in the tent all the forenoon. was excused from duty all day wrote a letter to Willis J. Hollister of 10 pages.  Recd our non Commissions & sent them home by the first mail.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

22nd Wednesday  rather a fine day but cool.  I did my choars picked apples all day went to the office in evening came home by Hoyts about 9 & went to bed about10 nearly sick.”