Beginning Location: Silver Lake, Kosciusko County, Indiana
Photo: General Edmund Kirby Smith, CSA
Inlisted in Co I, 12″ regt Indiana vol as fifer under S. W. Wells (who resigned after the fight at Richmond, Ky. while at Camp Morton Ind.)
This day was at home with my family attending to private matters.
Left home for camp at Indianapolis in a heavy shower of rain with a heavy heart.
This day we arrived at Indianapolis 1/2 past ten o’clock and went into camp. Feel in a rather moody state of mind.
This day layed idle in camp.
This day marched into the city and was examined and drew our arms. Went back into camp not in a very good state of mind and in the evening drew our clothing and advance pay of $18.
This day received marching orders. Drew our 25 dollars bounty. Went to bed and slept as well as we could.
Left Camp Peel for Lexington, Ky. Got to Cincinnatti the next morning.
This morning we got to Cincinnati about 2 o’clock in the morning. Laid on our arms until daylight, marched to the market house, breakfasted and then crossed over into Covington, Ky for Lexington.
Got to Lexington at daylight. Eat breakfast and marched into Camp Ashland.
This day my health was poor having the camp diarhea & not able for duty.
This day left Camp Ashland for Richmond Ky where we got to about midnight, lay on our arms until daylight.
This day we went into camp at richmond Ky, stayed two days, moved south east of Richmond.
This day nothing strange occurred except want of provisions.
About same as above
Mooved to camp SE of Richmond
This day early in the morning our regiment drawn up in line of battle. Marched to the field of strife where a hard battle was fought and our forces defeated and the greater part taken prisoner by Kirby Smith.
Held as prisoners of war in the courtyard in Richmond Ky having but little to eat and but little water to drink.
Ending Location: Richmond, Kentucky
Most misspelled words herein are orignal from the text of the diary. Some corrections have been made for readability.