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Diary: August, 1862 – Battle of Richmond KY

General Edmund Kirby Smith, CSA

Beginning Location:  Silver Lake, Kosciusko County, Indiana

Photo:  General Edmund Kirby Smith, CSA

Aug. 12

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.)


Aug 13

This day was at home with my family attending to private matters.


Aug 16

Left home for camp at Indianapolis in a heavy shower of rain with a heavy heart.


Aug 17

This day we arrived at Indianapolis 1/2 past ten o’clock and went into camp.  Feel in a rather moody state of mind.


Aug 18

This day layed idle in camp.


Aug 19

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.


Aug 20

This day received marching orders.  Drew our 25 dollars bounty. Went to bed and slept as well as we could.


Aug 21

Left Camp Peel for Lexington, Ky. Got to Cincinnatti the next morning.


Aug 22

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.


Aug 23

Got to Lexington at daylight.  Eat breakfast and marched into Camp Ashland.


Aug 24

This day my health was poor having the camp diarhea & not able for duty.


Aug 25

This day left Camp Ashland for Richmond Ky where we got to about midnight, lay on our arms until daylight.


Aug 26

This day we went into camp at richmond Ky, stayed two days, moved south east of Richmond.


Aug 27

This day nothing strange occurred except want of provisions.


Aug 28

About same as above


Aug 29

Mooved to camp SE of Richmond


Aug 30

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.


Aug 31

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



Battle of Richmond – Wikipedia

Map of the Battle of Richmond – Civil War Trust



Most misspelled words herein are orignal from the text of the diary.  Some corrections have been made for readability.

One Response to “Diary: August, 1862 – Battle of Richmond KY”

  1. Marianna says:

    Already captured! Spellbinding, I must read on.

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