Oct the 22nd/64 Last Night And to XDay have been verey Cold And Disagreeabel if it is As Much Colder In old Illinois as it Is Further North And West of this thay Are shivering For keeps at Home the Wind is Coming bleack and Cold From the North West Last Night And to Day I have been on vidett Duty and so also has been Clinton and My Chum and bedfelow James Kelly to day there Was to verey long trains Pased Rough station loaded With Johnies on their Way to Chattanooga And From there to the Rebel Prison At Rock Isleand and Johnsons Ileand to day An Engine And tender and one car Run of the track to day at the Place the Rebels burnt the train the 19th and it Was sum four hours befor it Was Got on the track
Oct the 21st/64 to day has been verey Fine and Delightful this Morning Lieut Parmer And A Party of of twenty In Number of the batallion Went out in search of to of our Men that have been Mising since the scirmish And Which the Road hand Report to be dead At A House to Miles out From Camp We Failed to Find them And Also have A secconed Party And Now the third squad has Gone out in search of them higher Also Cleared out the under brush to Give our selves A better range our Mail Carier has returned from marietta and brought us No Mail yet the Party that Was out have Returned thay Did Not Find the Mising Men to Day a train From Atlanta With A Regiment of seven shooters are at Woorck A raising the Locomotive that Was run of the track the other day And Are Going to take her to Atlanta to Repair her she is but slitely Damaged And should Not have been thrown over in the First Place the party Which lase Went our In search of the to Mising Men have Returned thay Found No trace of them Whatever but thay Run Plump on to the Rebels Camp before thay Knew it and had to beat A quick Retreat through the timber and brush there Was A brigade of the Rebels and but twenty Nighn of our Men
Oct the 20th/64 this Morning Evarey thing is Calm And quiet No Nohnies About the Day is Fine and butiful the Construction train and hands have Come down From Marietta and Are at Woorck relaying the track and Putting up the telegraph Wires there is but littel damage done the track to day the Wreck of the burnt train Was Cleared of the track and the track repaired this Evening Five Trains have Went to Atlanta for Rations to day All the Weaman and Children have been ordered to Move out of Marietta by thre oclock to day Stewart and his Corps are reported to be laying only four Mils our the Construction train from Atlanta Was Fired in to to day Just below vine station by the rebels.
Oct the 19th/64 to day has been verey Fine Fine And butiful but to the 41st It has Been A day of Excitement and Fighting We had Just Eaten our Dinners When A Party of our Men that Was out A Foraging Come in on the Ful run and Reported that the Rebels had Fired on thema And run them in to Camp A squad Was at once sent out to Asertain their locality and stength thay only Got to the videtts Post When thay discovered the rebels in the old Lines of rebel brestworcks in strong Force and the Fight at Wonce Commenced We Imediatly sending out reinforcements to our Men thay tore up the track adn threw the train from Atlanta of the track and burned it and kiled to of our Men that Was on the train fFor the remainder turn to February the 7th the Fight lasted sum thre hours When We Flancked their line of Battel on both Flancks When thay at Wonce drew of and Retreated of the 41st No one Was hurt and but one Man Was taken Prisnor and he Walcked in to their lines unknowingly his Name is Patrick Murrey of Co A during the Evening A Party of our Men that Was Putting out the fire on the burning train saw the rebels stil A Watching us And Just After darck our Pattrolls Was Agina run in A squad of twenty of us Was Now sent to Assist the Patrolls through and Gard the Engine to keep the Rebels From burning the Engine We had Not Got in to Position When A Force Came on us from the south Which We as it Was Pitch darck thought to be Rebels And one of our sentinels Fired and thay at Wonce Repllied With A Whole voley We all then Fired And thay Again replied and We seeing thay out Numbered us thre or Five to one retreated for Camp And halted to Give them Another round if thay Come on at our old line of brest Woorcks but thay halted at the train After Waiting until ten We Was ordered to fal back to our stockade and About Eleven oclock our Patrolls that Was out and had to Retreat to the river Come in and With them thre of the 58th Ind Regt and both Parties Now found that thay had been A Mutual Mistake Each thincking the other Was rebels and had fired but luckaly No one Was hit Nor hurt of Ether Party and thus the Matter Ended by finding all to be friends this Morning before the fracus My self Clinton and Kelly Was out all through the fields and Woods but saw Nor herd Nothing
Oct the 18th/64 It rained A Littel last Night But to day has been Fine A Party of the boys Went out A Foraging to day but thay had verey Poor luck thay Got but seven Chickens one of Which We Gave to our Captain the boys licked to of been led in to A rebel Camp by the Duplicity And treachery of the Citizens telling them that there Was A Plenty of Fine Fat hogs at Mr Tompsons Plantation Just A Mile and A half further on but one of our seargants thought to Enquire how far it Was to the Paper Mills and found thay Was then only fifteen strong A Miles and A half of the rebels Camp
Oct the 17th/64 As I Was driving sum Nailes Last Night one broke And the peice Went through the ball of My rite thumb Causing it to be quite useles at the Present time I cannot half Post my Diary it is so sore the rebals are reported to have Divided at tipton Hood and to Corps to have Gone to the blue Mountains of North Carilina While stewart and his Corps is reported to be Coming back by the same Way they Went up and if he is and Comes here to Rough station the 41st Wil Not be Able to scare him out With A bold front this time as We Did at Marietta but Wil have to bug out for Atlanta to slocum to save our selves he is reported to be but to days March off New to day has been A Real Indian summer day the Frost has at Last Made it self Known on the vegettation the Forest treas have also dresed them selves in their Robes of Asure and Gold last Night And to day I have Again been on vidett duty to day the Waggon and Ambulance train of the 23rd Armey Corps Pased our Camp Going to Join the Corps at Kingston the Rebels hold the Railroad From tipton to busard roost and seem to be runing our rations and Mail to suit them selves
Oct the 16th/64 to day is one of the Most butiful of days Just the day to Invite All to Rest And Repose My self And Kelly And Clinton Went out East of Camp to Miles loocking Around We Got A Coupel of Windows for our house Also All the May Pops and Grapes and persimmons that We Wished to Eat there Was A Bible Clas this Morning Also Meeting at thre oclock this Evening there Was Companey Inspection at Nighn oclock this Morning A Part of the Armes Was in the best of order and A Part of them Was hardly Fit to be seen the old lady Was in Wanting pay for her Cow but Got Palitely disappointed this Afternoon at thre oclock A spy and traitor is to be hung at Court square Marietta he Was the section boy on the Road from Ackworth to bigshanty in the Employ of the u.s Gov And led the rebels in to bigshanty and kept them Posted of All the Changes that We Made in Posts and Gardes on his section the Way he Was Caught Was this one of the Road Engineers Caught him Cutting down the telegraph Posts and Destroying the Wire With his own hand so that his own deeds Was his Condemnation It had long been suspitioned that there Was A spy on the road but We Could Not discover ho it Was but he has at last Paid the debt of Nature by Means of the halter As A restitution for his Menay Crimes