Civil War Diaries, November 11, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Nov. 11  The morning gun broke our slumber at 4 oclock.  And we commenced early to arrange for the coming march.

At 7 oclock we were stepping at the tap of the drum.  Our whole brigade.  The entire Division consisting of three brigades went out at different times to different points.

We went in an easternly direction from our camp three miles south of Bowling Green.  We struck the main road about 4 miles from camp that leads from Bowling Green to Scottsville.  We passed through some beautiful country when we first left camp.  Most of the land was heavy timbered–principally ceder.  A few chessnuts & some majestic oaks were scattered there.

My feet never were much tenderer than they have been today but I walked all the way & carried my complete load.  We filed off to the left & pitched tents in a hollow.  The fore part of the night was spent in writhing with rheumatism.  We went into a grove that was nearby & gathered some leaves to lie on.  It rained a little toward morning.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

11th Tuesday  rained some rather fine weather for the season.  I did my choars was at the office some & choared round some came home by Hoyts about 8 ½ got home at 9 & went to bed about 10.  Frank started for Aurora & further & came back as it rained.”


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