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December, 1863 to May, 1864

December, 1863 to May, 1864

  (Blogger’s Note:  After a 4 month gap, Charles resumes his diary in a notebook, rather than a printed diary.  It appears that he spends some time catching up by writing a narrative history of his time from December, 1863 to...
August to December, 1863 – Four Month Gap

August to December, 1863 – Fo...

The Diary picks up again, in summary form as noted above, from Scottsboro, Alabama on December 26, 1863.  There is no detailed information about Charles’ movements or activities during the 4 month gap in his diary, from August 12th...
August, 1863 – Big Black River / End of 1st Year

August, 1863 – Big Black Rive...

Beginning Location:  Black River, northeast of Vicksburg, Mississippi Aug. 1 This morning my health not so good, still have the diarrhea very bad.  Wrote a letter to my family – thoughts turn back to home, still trust in God to see...
July, 1863 – Fall of Vicksburg / Hospital Again

July, 1863 – Fall of Vicksbur...

Beginning Location:  Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi Jul. 1 This morning very sultry, health very poor.  Still at hospital.  Wrote a letter to my wife.  Heavy cannonading at Vicksburg. Jul. 2 Still sick in the hospital.  Wrote a...
June, 1863 – Memphis to Vicksburg

June, 1863 – Memphis to Vicks...

  Beginning Location:  Near Collierville, Tennessee Jun. 1 This morning cloudy and sultry having the appearance of rain.  Received a letter from my wife and wrote one in answer. Jun. 2 This morning cloudy and rainy, cool all day....
May, 1863 – Inspection

May, 1863 – Inspection

Beginning Location:  Encamped near Collierville, Tennessee   May 1 This morning the sun rose with splendor and all nature seemed animated and lively.  Wrote a letter to my wife and one to May Hickerwell.  Health improving...
April, 1863 – Ague Chill

April, 1863 – Ague Chill

Beginning Location: Encamped near Collierville, Tennessee   Apr. 1 This morning cool with a wind from the north.  Received a letter from my wife written March 23.  Wrote my answer.  Weighed today, 181 1/2 lbs. Apr. 2 Weather still...
March, 1863 – Letters

March, 1863 – Letters

Beginning Location:  Grand Junction, Tennessee   Mar. 1 This morning sun rose very splendidly and all nature seemed animated and the birds sung sweetly.  Wrote a letter to my wife and one to J. Jantz. Mar. 2 This day clear and cold....
Diary: February, 1863 – Picket Duty

Diary: February, 1863 – Picke...

Beginning Location:  Grand Junction, Tennessee   Feb. 1 This morning wake up and find it raining.  Read a portion of Scripture.  Clears off at noon, write a letter home, pleasant and clear, turns cold at night. Feb. 2 This morning...
Diary: January, 1863 – Cold and Sick

Diary: January, 1863 – Cold a...

Beginning Location:  Holly Springs, Mississippi   Jan. 1 This morning very cold and frosty.  Wrote 2 letters home and 4 others.  Our company went out foraging and I laid around camp all day thinking of home and its comforts....