Tues. Sept. 06: We passed Ft. Pillow at 5 oclock this morning and we passed New Madrid a little before dark and Island No. 10 a little after dark. We passed Hickman and Columbus after night and reached Cairo about midnight and tide up till morning. Rained a little here this evening. It is quite pleasant on the boat now.
Wed. Sept. 07: We are tied up this morning at Cairo. I passed myself off and took a walk up town this morning. On guard today. There is considerable business done here now. Rained a little this evening. Very pleasant today. Lt. Calfee started home this morning on leave of absence for a few days. The Monsoon came up with some of our division.
Thurs. Sept. 08: Still at Cairo this morning. I took a walk up through town this morning. The boat moved up the river about a mile and we took our horses off and the regiment got off. Our whole Brigade is here now. I went down to town this evening to the Negro minstrels and had a pretty good time. We signed our pay roll this evening.
Fri. Sept. 09: I took a walk this morning a way up towards Mound City and in the afternoon I went down to town and out to the dirt bank on the railroad, then on the Mississippi levee to about the Magazine and cross though the woods and got some pawpaws, and then down the Illinois Central Railroad to our boat. We got our pay this evening up to the first of September. The 89th and 58th came up today.
Sat. Sept. 10: I took a walk out to the Mississippi levee this morning, found some pawpaws and took a bath in the Mississippi River. I took a walk up the Ohio River this evening and took a bath in the Ohio River. We received orders this morning to be ready to leave at a moments notice. The soldiers here are going in heavy.
Sun. Sept. 11: I and Wolverton took a tramp up to Mound City, Pulaski county, this morning and went a pawpaw hunting down the Cash. Mound City is a nice place. It contains a splendid hospital, a Navy yard, and other important buildings. It is beautiful weather now. All is very quiet today. The river is rising quite rapidly.
Mon. Sept. 12: Several of us rode up back of Mound City this morning after pawpaws and found plenty of them, and in the afternoon I took a walk up the railroad and cross to the Mississippi River and down back across to the boat. I took a bath in the Mississippi which is low now. There was a fire in town last night and several buildings were burned.
Tues. Sept. 13: Beautiful weather. Everything is quiet this morning up here. There was more fire in town last night. I took a walk across to the Mississippi River this morning. I saw a couple of two-legged ducks dabbling in the Mississippi River. I took a bath and went out and got some pawpaws. We received marching orders this evening.
Wed. Sept. 14: We loaded on our horses and the 21st Mo. Regt. got aboard and we shoved off about 9 oclock and fell down to opposite the St. Charles Hotel and unloaded for the purpose of loading on another boat, but none came this evening, so we lay here all night. I tramped round over town considerable today. Some of our division went on up the river.
Thurs. Sept. 15: Still here yet this morning. The 7th Kansas came up this morning. Ples and I took a tramp over town, and today I went aboard the John Raine and I took dinner with the 7th Kansas. We waited till about 3 oclock for a boat when the WAR EAGLE dropped down and we loaded our Battery and shoved off about 4 oclock up the Miss. River We run on several bars in the night. On guard today.
Fri. Sept. 16: We passed Cape Girardeau about 9 oclock, stopped a little while. Run on a bar above a little ways, got off and came to another we could not get over. We fell back to a landing and took off our horses and took them up the river about 2 miles and loaded again. Our boat run over a log this evening and caused a big scare among the passengers aboard.
Sat. Sept. 17: We are still moving this morning. We passed Sulphur Springs this morning and reached Jefferson Barracks about 11 oclock, disembarked and got into camp about 2 oclock. Went up and took a look at the barracks this evening. They are quite nice and very beautifully arranged. The 7th Kansas Cavalry went on up the river. All the Division is not in yet.
Sun. Sept. 18: Pleasant weather. There is nothing of interest transpiring here yet. I remained in camp nearly all day and read the news and wrote some letters. I took a walk in the evening round the barracks which are quite extensive and very nice and well arranged. I went to the 52nd Indiana Regt. and heard a sermon.
Mon. Sept. 19: Very cool last night, almost frost. The country round here is quite rough and covered with a thick growth of timber and underbrush. I took a walk this morning out south about a mile and back, and in the evening I walked up the river about a mile. The country is rough any way a person can go. The cars are running constantly on this road.
Tues. Sept. 20: The 89th Indiana got up last night. I went over to the regiment this morning to see some of the boys. I attended a presentation of a fine sword and bolt and sash to Maj. Gen. A. J. Smith at 2 oclock this evening. Maj. Gen. Rosecrans was present and made a short speech, also Gen. Ewing, Col. Baker and others. I went to meeting at the 52nd Indiana Regt. this evening.
Wed. Sept. 21: Beautiful weather. I took a walk out to the Marrimac Pike this evening. I went to meeting tonight to the 43rd Delaware Regiment and heard the agent of the Christian Commission speak, also the agent of the Sanitary Commission Rev. Mr. Bradloy and Rev. Johnson of Iowa, delegate to the Christian Commission, also the chaplain of the 43rd Illinois.
Thurs. Sept. 22: On guard today. I spent the most of the day reading the news and Bible. Rather windy today. It is very dry and dusty. There is plenty of marketing of every kind brought in here now, apples, cider, beer, watermelons and other things. There is considerable talk among the soldiers now about going home to vote. We received no mail yet.
Fri. Sept. 23: The weather is still dry and dusty yet, but look more like rain soon. There are a good many citizens here now, friends of the Missouri and Illinois regiments of our division. It commenced raining about 4 oclock this evening and a good shower fell during the evening, rather cold and chilly. Watermelons are brought in now in abundance and sell high for this country.
Sat. Sept. 24: Cool and pleasant since the rain. Col. W. S. Shaw now commanding the 3rd Division of the 16th Army Corps was presented with a sword this evening at his headquarters near the barracks. We received orders to be in readiness to march by Monday. Cannonading is heard at St. Louis this evening. They are firing a salute in honor of another Sheridan victory.
Sun. Sept. 25: Pleasant morning. The 2nd and 3rd Brigades of the 3rd Division left for Pilot Knob today and the cars. I went to church this morning at the barracks and heard an Episcopalian sermon and in the afternoon I went to a German meeting at the same place. I went over to the 89th this evening and as I returned I stopped at the 113th and heard a sermon.
Mon. Sept. 26: The 21st Mo. and the 58th Ill. Regt. started out today on the cars to DeSoto. Report of fighting near Pilot Knob. Price or Shelby is making their way up this way. Tom Day and I went to meeting tonight at the 119th camp. We received orders at 11 oclock to harness and hitch up immediately.
Tues. Sept. 27: We got down to the depot at midnight and remained till morning and loaded on the cars and left at 10 oclock, reached DeSoto about 2 oclock and kept moving round, up and down the tracks till after dark, when we unloaded our horses and stopped for the night. The Knob is now evacuated and government stores moved up here. Rained in the night.
Wed. Sept. 28: A rebel guerrilla was hung here this morning after he killed one man and wounded four. We remained on the cars all day, moving up and down the track at intervals all day. The 7th Kansas and 13th Mo. Cavalry came in this evening. DeSoto is 43 miles from St. Louis. Rough country all the way down. The citizens seem quite loyal here.
Thurs. Sept. 29: We got loaded on the cars by 7 1/2 oclock and left immediately. Our Brigade stopped at the Merimac Bridge. The 3rd Brigade has come in this evening. Rained for an hour or two last night. We made Jefferson Barracks in 2 1/2 hours from DeSoto, from Sulphur Springs to the Barracks, 11 miles. We are under marching orders again to be in readiness to move at a moments notice.
Fri. Sept. 30: We remained in camp today and have orders to leave at 7 oclock in the morning. The 3rd Brigade went out tonight on the cars to reinforce Gen. Ewing on the southwest branch of the Pacific R.R. Price is going in the direction of Jefferson City via Rolla. A scouting party was sent to DeSoto to day, report all safe there yet.
Sat. Oct. 01: Rained in the night and continued all day. We harnessed before day and hitched in and stood till dark waiting for orders to move out and were finally ordered to unharness and stay till morning. Our Brigade came in from the Merimac Bridge today. The 13th Mo. Cavalry passed this morning. Fighting on the South West Railroad, also reported Mower had a fight at the Knob.
Sun. Oct. 02: Left camp at 9 oclock this morning. Went up the river as far as Carrondelet and turned off toward the Pacific R.R., traveled a little way on the turnpike and then went in the direction of Kirkwood, which we reached at 3 oclock and went into camp 1 mile north of Kirkwood. Cloudy weather all day. We marched about 12 miles today.
Mon. Oct. 03: We left camp about 9 1/2 oclock and took the Jefferson City rock road and traveled on it all day. We passed the town of Manchester and of Baldwin. I went into camp a little after dark in 10 miles of the town of Franklin, The junction of the Pacific and South West Rail Roads. It rained all day but the roads were good. It is chilly and disagreeable.
Tues. Oct. 04: Left camp at 7 1/2 oclock. Rained a little in the night and it commenced again about noon and rained till nearly night. Quite a cold, disagreeable rain. We reached the end of the rock this morning and traveled on the earth roads several miles. Reached Grays Summit about noon and went into camp east of town on the railroad. On guard today.
Wed. Oct. 05: Cool last night. Clear and pleasant this morning. The cars came in this morning. The 3rd Brigade came in this morning. I went over to town this morning. The town is small, Only ten or a dozen houses. The depot is burnt, but no other buildings. Grays Summit is in Franklin County, 4 miles to the Missouri River. The country is very rough round here.
Thurs. Oct. 06: Still in camp, all quiet this morning. The locomotives come in here every day but bring no train hardly at all. We get no papers here at all and hear but little news of any kind. The weather is cool now. There were never any Rebel forces at all in this county before the raid of Price's, so citizens report. This is 41 miles from St. Louis.
Fri. Oct. 07: We are still here in camp this morning. The 2nd and 3rd Brigades are moving camp today. The 122 Regt. is transferred to the 2nd Brigade. Received marching orders at 1 oclock and left camp at 2 1/2 oclock. Passed through the town of Grays Summit, had very rough roads and reached a point on the Meramac River about 8 oclock and went into camp 2 miles of Union. Traveled 12 miles today.
Sat. Oct. 08: Left camp at 7 1/2 oclock. Passed through Union, county seat of Franklin county. Marched on the double quick and had very rough roads all day. I got some good ripe persimmons today. We went into camp about 7 1/2 oclock on Beff Creek. Marched about 27 miles today. We left the militia a way in the rear.
Sun. Oct. 09: Hitched up and ready to move by 8 oclock, but the order to march today was countermanded until further orders. The St. Louis militia got in today about a half a day behind us. Beautiful day. I went over to the 89th this evening. I started out after pawpaws this morning, went as far as the pickets and returned. The Rebs have been camped here. The citizens' women have been thick in camp today.
Mon. Oct. 10: Left camp about 7 oclock and marched right along though the roads were very rough and muddy in places. We crossed the Gasconade River by fording, about knee deep at the deepest and clear as crystal. we went into camp on the river half a mile above the ford. Found plenty of pawpaws. On guard. Traveled 17 miles today.
Tues. Oct. 11: Left camp at 7 1/2 oclock. We had better roads today with the exception of a few hills. The road runs on a divide ridge most all the way from the Gasconade River to here (Mary's Creek). We passed through Linn, the county seat of Gasconade county, very small town for a county seat. We went into camp just at dusk on Mary's Creek. We marched 17 miles today. Pleasant day.
Wed. Oct. 12: Rained last night. Left camp at 6 1/2 oclock, had tolerable good roads today. It was a little slippery in the morning. We went up the river to near Castle Rock and forded the Osage river about noon. The river is about 2 feet deep now and a beautiful gravel bottom. We reached ( ? ) Creek and went into camp about 5 oclock. Marched 17 miles today.
Thurs. Oct. 13: Left camp about 9 oclock this morning after a little delay in maneuvering round. We reached Jefferson City about 11 oclock and passed right on though without stopping. Had good roads and went into camp about 3 1/2 oclock on Gray's Creek, Coles county, about 10 miles west of Jefferson City. Tolerable good roads today. Beautiful weather. Marched about 13 miles today.
Fri. Oct. 14: Left camp about 7 1/2 oclock this morning. Passed Lookout Station, crossed the railroad three or four times and reached California, county seat of Manitou county, about 3 oclock and went into camp at 3 1/2 oclock about 1/4 mile north of town. The 3rd Brigade is camped here now. The country is getting better as we go west. It is rather cool now. Marched 20 miles.
Sat. Oct. 15: Left camp about 8 1/2 oclock. Passed back through town and went west and reached Tipton about 2 1/2 oclock. Here the Rebs had not been. After resting a few minutes we started on again and passed through Syracuse. Had very good roads. There is only our Brigade along today. We crossed the LaMein River and made a stop close to Otterville. Stood hitched in all night. Marched 25 miles.
Sun. Oct. 16: Started ahead again at 3 oclock this morning. Passed Otterville and Smithton and reached Farmers' Town just at sunrise and halted a little while, and reached Sedalia about 5 oclock. The Infantry came up on the cars from Otterville this morning. Sedalia is in Pettis county. Georgetown is county seat. We marched 14 miles this morning. Am on guard today.
Mon. Oct. 17: This is a very nice town. About 1 oclock we were aroused by the report that Rebs were near. We harnessed and were out at once. We went out about 2 miles in a few minutes and unlimbered for action when it was discovered that it was some men herding cattle. All quiet by night. This is a prairie town and there is more or less prairie all the way from California (Mo.) on this way. Beautiful day.
Tues. Oct. 18: It is getting quite cool now of nights. We harnessed up before day this morning but there was no enemy seen near and everything was quiet by 9 oclock and we unharnessed. The remainder of our Division came in this evening and went into camp about 1 1/2 miles west of here. The next county west of here is Johnson, next Lafayette, and the next Jackson.
Wed. Oct. 19: Left camp at Sedalia about 8 1/2 oclock and went out on the Georgetown Road in a mile of the town and halted about 3 hours and then passed through Geergetown. Crossed Muddy Creek and through some nice prairie country and crossed Blackwater and went into camp about 9 oclock. Dark and raining and it is very disagreeable. Marched 17 miles today.
Thurs. Oct. 20: Left camp at 10 oclock. Had good roads, marched at a good speed. Crossed Blackwater again, passed through very very good prairie again today. It snowed a little today and kind of misted rain a little in the evening. We turned off the Lexington Road about 2 miles and camped about 5 oclock on Davis Creek. We marched 25 miles today.
Fri. Oct. 21: Left camp on Davis Creek about 8 oclock. Crossed on to the Lexington Road. Passed through some good prairie country today. The country is more broken as we get nearer the river. We reached Lexington about 6 oclock and went into camp about dusk just south of town. It has been cloudy and disagreeable today. Marched 22 miles today.
Sat. Oct. 22: Left camp at Lexington about 8 1/2 oclock. I took a walk up town this morning. Had a invitation to breakfast, got some good sweet potatoes. We marched out on the Harrisonville Road. Passed through some good country, not much prairie to here. Beautiful day. We went into camp about dusk on the Little Blue, got some pawpaws. Marched 18 miles.
Sun. Oct. 23: Left camp about 8 oclock. Turned off the Harrisonville Road and got on the Independence Road. Had tolerable good roads today. We passed over some good prairie but no large prairies. We marched the most of the day in a northwest direction. The country is made desolate and all of the houses are burnt along the road today. Marched 20 miles and camped in 8 miles of Independence tonight.
Mon. Oct. 24: Left camp about 12 1/2 oclock. Passed through Independence before day and reached Big Blue Creek about 10 1/2 oclock and went into camp just at the battle ground. I saw a good many killed and wounded over the ground and at the hospital, both of our men and of Rebs. Also we marched about 20 miles this morning. About 8 miles to Kansas City. Price skedaddling south as fast as possible.
Tues. Oct. 25: Rained last night. Left camp about 8 1/2 oclock. Marchen south on the Harrisonville Road a few miles beyond the Blue and turned off cross the prairie towards Kansas. Passed through Santa Fe on the line and went south on the Ft. Scott Road to the Big Blue and went into camp about 5 oclock. The 1st Division came in on another road. We marched about 15 miles today.
Wed. Oct. 26: Left camp about 4 oclock this morning. Went across the prairie and got into the Harrisonville Road. Had good smooth roads today. Marched in a southeast direction and passed through Harrisonville, County seat of Cass county, and went into camp about 3 1/2 oclock about a mile southwest of town. I went to John Hardin's and got some bread baked. Marched 21 miles today. On guard tonight.
Thurs. Oct. 27: We remained in camp all day. It is quite pleasant weather now. A rebel prisoner was hung at Harrisonville today. This county, Jackson County, and Bates county are almost depopulated by the war. The most of the houses and farms are deserted or the houses burnt down. The country is very good in this locality. Price is out of our reach now.
Fri. Oct. 28: We are still in camp yet. Lt. Hight is relieved from command of the Battery now and Lt. Calfee taken command. Sergeants Goldsmith and Frier and Corp. Budel were reinstated. No news from the front or the whereabouts of Price now. The cavalry and Gen Blunt is supposed to be in pursuit of them yet. We are short of rations and are waiting supplies.
Sat. Oct. 29: Received mail this morning. The supply train has arrived. I finished reading the BIBLE the second time. I commenced reading ALONE by Marion Harland this evening. Report the Gen Marmaduke and two thousand prisoners are captured and are coming today. Very beautiful weather here now. Col. Shaw is relieved and Col. David Moore takes command of the 3rd Division.
Sun. Oct. 30: Left camp about 8 1/2 oclock. Passed back through Harrisonville and took the Pleasant Hill Road. We passed through some nice prairie, had good roads, marched in a northeast direction. I had a little chat this morning with the Misses Hardens. Went into camp about 2 oclock on Big Creek about 1 1/2 miles from Pleasant Hill. We marched 12 miles today.
Mon. Oct. 31: Left camp about 11 oclock this morning. passed through Pleasant Hill, Lance Jack, and Chapel Hill. Lance Jack is entirely deserted and the place where Chapel Hill stood is now a ruined heap. We had some tolerable rough roads today and part of the time no road at all. Crossed the Sybaugh and went into camp on the Blue about 9 oclock. We have marched 20 miles today.
Tues. Nov. 01: Left camp about 9 oclock. Rained last night and is slippery and disagreeable this morning. Had some very rough roads part of the way. None but our Brigade is along with us now. We passed through Greenton and reached the city about sundown and went into camp just in the edge of town. Marched 20 miles.
Wed. Nov. 02: I went up into the city this morning. Found some clever Union ladies. One lady gave some cooked beef and nice apples. Left the city at 10 oclock, marched west. Had good roads. Passed through Dover and then we had some big hills to go over. We reached camp at Waverly about 6 oclock. Camped in the north part of town. We have marched 20 miles today. Lafayette county.
Thurs. Nov. 03: Snowed about an inch last night and continued till noon. We left camp about 9 oclock. Had a very disagreeable day but level road. Marched through about a ten mile prairie. Passed Fairview, turned off the road about 2 miles to a creek and went into camp about 7 oclock. We had a very dark and disagreeable time getting into camp. Marched 22 miles today.
Fri. Nov. 04: Left camp about 8 1/2 oclock. Marched out onto the Lexington Road 6 miles west of Cambridge. Had level roads all day but a little muddy in places. Passed through some good prairie today. Marched about 4 miles on the Missouri bottom down the river through the timber all the way. Beautiful weather. We marched about 20 miles today and reached the ferry at 4 oclock and went into camp. On guard tonight. Passed through Salina county.
Sat. Nov. 05: The 3rd Battery and the 2nd Illinois crossed last night and we commenced ferrying this morning and got the Battery over by 1 oclock. I went up town a while, nothing much to be seen now. Tolerable broken around here. This is Howard County. We got everything across and got into camp by 5 oclock, just southeast of town. The weather is beautiful.
Sun. Nov. 06: Beautiful day. The 3rd Brigade is out here in camp today and the 2nd is crossing the river. Goldsmith and I took a walk in the graveyard this evening. The country round here is broken but it looks very nice and is quite rich and productive. Fayette is the county seat of Howard County. It is 30 miles to the northwest railroad in nearest place. River runs south. Finished reading "A Lone".
Mon. Nov. 07: Left camp at Glasgow at 9 1/2 oclock. Started out on the Fayette Road, had tolerable good roads. Passed through Fayette, County Seat of Howard County, a pretty nice town. The country along the road today is pretty thickly settled. We went into camp about 3 oclock in a half mile of town. Commenced raining this evening. Marched 12 miles today. Camped on Boone Femme.
Tues. Nov. 08: Rained considerable last night and continued all day. Vote of 21st Mo. Regt. unanimous for Lincoln, vote of the 32nd Iowa, Lincoln 257, McClellan 28; vote of the 27th Iowa, Lincoln 299 and 36 for McClellan; vote of the 178th New York Regt. 175 voted for Lincoln and about 60 for McClellan. The 89th Indiana gave McClellan 80. The 3rd Indiana Battery gave 91 for Lincoln and 7 for McClellan.
Wed. Nov. 09: Still raining this morning. Moved our camp over to the fair ground about 11 oclock. We have drowned out here. It snowed for an hour today. Cold and is very disagreeable today. The whole Division is out cutting wood for fires to keep from freezing. It has quit snowing and raining and is drying off very fast this evening.
Thurs. Nov. 10: Left camp about 9 3/4 oclock. Crossed Boone Femme Creek. Roads tolerable bad. It was frozen hard enough to bear awhile in the morning. Nice weather above here. We crossed Manitou Creek just at Rocheport, passed through town and went into camp at 4 oclock on the hill just below town. Ten or twelve guerrillas were captured today. Marched 12 miles today. Rocheport, Boone County, Missouri.
Fri. Nov. 11: Left camp at 9 1/2 oclock and marched out on the Columbia Road in an east and north direction. Had very bad roads today. Marched through a timber country all the way from Glasgow. Passed through Columbia, County Seat of Boone County, a nice town, Contains state university and some nice seminaries. Camped 1/4 mile east of town. Marched 14 miles. On guard today. Crossed Pershu Creek.
Sat. Nov. 12: Left camp about 9 oclock, marched east, crossed Kingston Creek in the morning and Big Cedar in the evening. Had tolerable good roads today. Came to the prairie about 2 miles beyond Cedar Creek and then passed through some nice country, turned off on the Fulton Road about 7 miles and went into camp about sundown. Marched 20 miles today. Snowed a little this morning. Cool and chilly. Passed through Calloway county.
Sun. Nov. 13: Left camp at 8 1/2 oclock this morning from camp near David Judy's and marched back to the St. Louis road. Beautiful day. We had good roads most of the day and traveled most of the way through skirts of timber due east. Crossed Ox Voss Creek. Well improved country most of the way. Passed through Williamsburg and went into camp at 4 oclock 1/4 miles east of town. Marched 18 miles today.
Mon. Nov. 14: Left camp about 8 3/4 oclock. Marched in an east direction, crossed Lutro Creek and passed through Danville, county seat of Montgomery County. Town partly burned by Bill Anderson, Union Town. The roads were tolerable good today through timber to Danville. Reached the prairie and had good roads. Passed in about 1 mile of Florence. Reached High Hill at 4 oclock and went into camp. Marched 18 miles. Rained a little this evening.
Tues. Nov. 15: Left camp at 8 1/2 oclock, passed through High Hill, crossed the railroad and marched east and south through a timber country, but a little prairie and pretty well settled and improved country. Passed through Jonesburg 4 miles, had pretty good roads. Crossed the railroad again and passed through Warrenton, county seat of Warren County. Passed Warren Station, turned off the road 1/2 mile and into camp at 2 oclock. Marched 16 miles.
Wed. Nov. 16: Left camp about 8 oclock this morning. Went in front of the Division today. Had very good roads, mostly through skirts of timber. Passed through Pitch Town and Hickory Grove. Well improved country all day. We went into camp at 2 oclock close to Mr Bailey's in 18 miles of St. Charles and 24 miles Ft. Warrenton. Drizzled rain a little today. We marched 23 miles today. Cloudy all day.
Thurs. Nov. 17: Still cloudy. Left camp at 9 oclock in rear today. We had good roads today. Passed through a good position of county, well improved and good buildings. Passed Cottleville and reached St Charles about 4 oclock. The 2nd Brigade has crossed over and the 3rd is crossing. We got our battery over by 10 1/2 oclock. Marched 18 miles today. Camped 1/2 mile from the ferry near the pike. A little sign of snow.
Fri. Nov. 18: I went down to the ferry and saw the cars ferried across. Left camp about 8 1/2 oclock. Had good level pike all the way. Got some good persimmons today. Beautiful day. It is clear now for the first time for a long while. We reached the city about 4 oclock and went into camp at Camp Jackson. Distance from here to St. Charles 20 miles. Pleasant came up from the Barracks to see me this evening.
Sat. Nov. 19: Beautiful day. I went down to the Wedge House this morning with Ples and returned and remained in camp all day. Will Britler and several more of our furloughed boys returned to the battery this morning. Our horses are worn out and we are making preparations to draw new ones. I am on guard today. Captain Brown has gone home today.
Sun. Nov. 20: Beautiful morning. I went down in the city to church today. Rode down and back on the street car. I went over to Rock Springs this evening to get some bread. It is getting quite cold this evening and the wind has commenced blowing quite shrill. The Olive and Market street cars run within about 1/4 mile of our camp. The 1st Division is quartered in Benton Barracks.
Mon. Nov. 21: It is very cold and disagreeable this morning. Our camp is on a high divide ridge where the wind has a fair sweep. I went down to the U.S. Christian Commission rooms under the Lindel Hotel and wrote a letter and read the news. Ples came up and I went down with him to the Western Hotel and got supper and after dark I went back to camp.
Tues. Nov. 22: Quite cold this morning. I went down to the Lindel Hotel again today, walked down and rode back on the cars. Went in the Museum, saw Miss Kate Kiethley the giant, 675 pounds 22 years old, 6 feet round the waist, 2 foot round the arm and 6 feet 1 1/2 inches high. I went down to the U.S. Christian singing class this evening. We drew new horses today. It moderated a little this evening. The wind ceased blowing at sundown.
Wed. Nov. 23: I rode down to the city on the Market street car this morning and back on the Olive street. I went down on Front Street this morning. Took lunch at the Everett House. I went across to Franklin Avenue and rode to the city on the street car. The street cars are crowded this evening. The 1st Division is all aboard the boats this evening. I rode back on the Olive street car. Pleasant is here tonight.
Thurs. Nov. 24: Pleasant and I went down to the city this morning. I returned and ate Thanksgiving dinner at camp. Our Brigade left camp for the boats about 2 oclock. Got our battery loaded on the Mars by dark. I and Ples took a tramp up through the city and he went back to Jefferson Barracks and I returned to the boat. The 1st Division has shoved out this evening. It has been a very pleasant day.
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