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August, 1863 – Big Black River / End of 1st Year

Example of Civil War Chaplains

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 my family.

Aug. 2

Today spent in reading God’s Word and mediations and prayer.  Wrote a letter to my wife, health continues poor.  Feel discouraged and think much about my family.

Aug. 3

Morning pleasant and health very poor, not as well as I have been.  Think of God’s kindness in sparring my life.

Aug. 4

Today was quite sick all day, worse than I had been for a few days back.  Wrote a letter to my family.  Still feel encouraged to serve God though surrounded by tryals and sorrows.

Aug. 5

Feel better this morning but very weak and debilitated from puking.  Yesterday received 2 letters from home and a tube for my fife.  Glad to hear from home.

Aug. 6

This morning cool and pleasant.  Today was first day according to the pres. proclamation.  Preaching by Chaplain Perdy of ??? from Nahum 1 Chap., 7 verse.

[The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
a refuge on the day of distress,
Taking care of those who look to him for protection]

Aug. 7

This day wrote a letter home to my family.  Health still poor.

Aug. 8

Nothing new in camp.  Received a letter from my wife and one from Br. Thomas.

Aug. 9

Preaching in Camp at 10 and 2 and meeting in the evening.  Wrote a letter to my family.

Aug. 10

Nothing new in camp.  Received a letter from Father and answered it.  Capt. started home.

Aug. 11

Nothing new in camp today.  Health stil poor, still having the diarrhea.  Wrote a letter home to my family.  Meeting today at 2 o’clock.

Aug. 12

This morning health still poor.  One year today since I enlisted in the Army.  Have seen some hard times in that time but through it all the Lord has mercifully preserved me and cared for me while some of our number have passed into eternity.  In God is my trust.

 

(This ends the first year.  The following [posts], in summary form, later become a day by day account, and is in a blank memo book, with no dates and days printed for diary use, was was the first book)

 

Ending Location:  Black River, northeast of Vicksburg, Mississippi

 

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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.

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