Sep 1. Guarding Browns gap. Quite sick to-day Cant eat a thing atall. Very cool in the mountains. Had a chill this afternoon. Oh how badly I feel this afternoon. Sep 2. Dont feel any better this morning atall. Came down off the mountains in a wagon to White Hall and staid there all night not being able to walk any distance. Sep 3. A friend carried me to Mechanicsville this morning where I took the cars to Charlottsville & am now quite sick indeed. Feel very much I have high fevers. Sep 4. Feel much better this morning. Had an appetite to eat something. P.M. Two of our boys got in this evening on the freight train bringing one deserter and placed him in the guardhouse. Sep 5. Something better today all except my mouth being very sore caused by fever. Capt. Garland and the rest of the boys got in this morning on train and brought one conscript. Sep 6. Dont feel quite so well today. Have an awful bad headache. Went up to the hospital and got some pills from the doctor. So unwell I cant go to church. Sep 7. Drew another weeks rations ready to make another scout. Large auction here to day and public speeches being made by politicians in the C. House. Number of citizens present. Sep 8. All the boys left to day and I was left to take care of things left, as I had been sick. Everything is very quiet now since all the wild boys left. Sep 9. Awaked up this morning and found myself all alone. No one to disturb me in my slumbers. Tis very lonesome now with no one around, very unpleasant. Look somewhat like rain this afternoon. Sep 10. Got up very early this morning and got my breakfast and then laid down and slept till dinner. I never was so lonesome in my life as I have been since the boys went on the scout. Sep 11. Still by myself & as lonesome as ever. Had apple dumplings to-day for dinner of my own manufacture. I also had squirrel soup & mash potatoes. A portion of my detail got in this afternoon. Sep 12. All the fellows got in this morning and I feel very much relieved indeed. They brought in one deserter. P.M. very dark cloud covering and look very much like rain. Sep 13. Feel unwell this morning. Did not go to ch. Went up to the University Chapel this afternoon to preaching. Sermon by Rev. _____Broadus a baptist preacher. Prayer by Rev. W. F. Broadus. Sep 14. Drew another weeks rations to go on another scout. Did not go to-day. Reports that our army are about to have another fight with the enemy. Quite lonesome in Charlottsville. Sep 15. Our squad from the 47th Va. left Charlottsville, walked the railroad to Shadwell and searched one house. I crossed the Rivana river to Milton & Stopped for a while. Continued our march from Milton to Buck Island. Sep 16. Went from Buck Island up the road about one mile and got dinner & remained till night & returned to B. Island & searched one house but found no one atall that did not belong there. Sep 17. Left Buck Island and went to Milton and staid all night. Rained late in the afternoon. Very warm weather for the time of year. Dont feel very well. Sep 18. Went from Milton this morning to Charlottsville. Had a very hard shower of rain this morning. No news of any importance from the Army of Northern Virginia. Sep 19. Nothing going on in Charlottsville of any importance. _____ quite good last night. Reports from the army that they are expecting a big fight. P.M. Went out to get some _______. Sep 20. Very cool and windy this Sabbath morn. Went to preaching in the afternoon at the N. E. Church South. Very good sermon. No news of any importance afloat. Sep 21. Some frost seen this morning. Drew another weeks rations to go on a scout. Left Charlottsville about 2 OC P.M. and went to Stormy Point a distance of 10 miles and then stopped to await deserters. Sep 22. Not far from Stormy Point on picket. Very cool this morning. Boiled a pot of peas for breakfast and a pot of cabbage for dinner. Near in the direction of Madison C. House. Sep 23. Orders at 10 Oclock last night to go to Charlottsville to go to our reg. Left Charlottsville on the train & went to our reg near Rapidann station and found all quiet along our lines. Sep 24. In camp this morning and doing as before. Our reg. on pickett but relieved at 10 OC. A.M. Weather quite cool. No news of any importance in camp. Sep. 25. Aroused before daylight with orders to cook up one days rations and be ready to move at a moments warning. Got ready and did not move as the orders were caused by false alarm. Sep 26. In camp and all is still quiet along our lines. Went over to the division comm. dept. and got my portfolio from a friend. Quite pleasant weather. Sept 27. Our regiment gone on picket to-day and I am left on camp guard. Such are the ways our Sabbaths are spent. Recd a letter from home. Sep 28. Cleaned our guns and had brigade inspection. Had brigade drill in the afternoon lasting till sun down and dress parade after dark. Sep 29. Laid off camp and cleaned it up very nicely. Had no drill this morning. Had brigade drill in the afternoon but a very short drill. Sep 30. No drill in morning. Drill in afternoon. Wrote several letters to my friends. Received several letters from home by detail that came up to the regiment.
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