Civil War Diaries, November 4, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Nov. 4  Today is our Election day at Home.  I wonder if old Tommy keeps sober to-day.

This is a beautiful day for marching, save the dust.  On we marched through the dust reaching Bowling Green at 4 oclock completing the 150 miles in just ten days.  I walked every step of the journey save 1 mile at which time my feet were blistered so badly that could not walk.  We went 3 miles beyond the town before we could find a camping ground.  The citizens here say that 150,000 soldiers have passed through here within four days.

I learn that Henry Bird [Ashley’s cousin] went out of her yesterday with Genl Mitchell.

I was sick all night with a fever, did not rest very well as the ground felt unusually hard.  Recd two letters from Home.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

4th Tuesday  rather a fine day for the season.  I did my choars was at the office some went up to election with Dr. Wellman in forenoon & drew some corn about 4, was at office in evening came home at 9 & soon went to bed.”


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