Oct 1. Our reg. on pickett to-day. Saw several yankee prisoners that were caught by our cavalry brought through our lines. Look very much like rain this evening. Oct 2. Relieved from pickett about 10 OC A.M. and had to come up through rain. Rained all day and were confined to our tents all day without eating, it being so rainy cooking could not be done. Oct 3. Cleared off beautiful last night. Cool and pleasant this morning. On camp guard. Went to preaching in the 40th Va. Reg. No news of any importance in camp. Oct 4. Thanks to God we are permitted to live to see another Sabbath day. Attended preaching in the 40th Va. Reg morn, eve and at night. Wrote a letter to my mother. Oct 5. Our reg on pickett to-day. Very cool on the river on pickett. The 40th regiment throwing up entrenchments on the banks of the Rapidann river. Oct 6. Relieved from picket 10 OClock A.M. No drill in the afternoon. 6 O.C. P.M. orders to cook one days rations to go to throw up entrenchments. Oct 7. Very hard at work throwing up entrenchments. Goes very hard with me as I am not accustomed to work these war times. 2 O.C. P.M. orders to cook up one days rations. Many opinions to what it is for. Oct 8. Awaked up about one hour before daybreak with orders to strike tents and be ready to move directly. Marched one mile to take the place of Pettigrews brigade that moved off to some point unknown. Oct 9. On outpost & the yankees are very anxious to trade papers. 3 O.C. P.M. Relieved from outpost but did not return to camp. Detailed to go to camp to cook rations. Great excitement in camps. Oct 10. Carried the rations to our boys on pickett. Relieved from picket in the afternoon & returned to camp. Drew 4 days rations of hard bread & bacon. Hear some cannonading at a dist. Oct 11. Another Sabbath spent in an uproar. Orders to be ready to move at a moments warning. Such are the ways we spend our Sabbaths. Left Rapidann station & marched to Mitchells station & camped. Oct 12. Left Mitchells station & marched through Culpepper C. House and halted near the Rappahannock river to bivouac. Passed a large no. of yankee camps & our boys were all over them. Oct 13. Marched to day from Riconsville & forded the Hazel river and marched through Jefferson to the Rappahannock river & crossed at Warrenton Springs Va. Kept on to Warrenton where found our div. Oct 14. Marched at daylight on the Manassas pike & passed two little places. Little Baltimore & ____ & overtook the yankees near Bristow station where we had an engagement with them. Oct 15. Yankees all gone on toward Manassas & we are being still. Afternoon orders were to cook two days rations. Begun cooking & did not get through before we marched on the rail road toward Rappahannock sta. Oct 16. Marched down the railroad and begun to tear it up. Had a very bad time at it as it rained all day long as hard & I even saw it snow. At night we built very large fires. Oct 17. Clear & cool this morning. Tore up a portion of rail road and then marched to Rappahannock station and camped. Not a house can be seen in this part of Virginia. Oct 18. On picket on the road leading to Elys ford having come on last night. Everything quiet to-day. Troops lying still. Quite pleasant all the day. _____ of trains ______ crossing from the _______. Oct 19. Relieved from pickett and marched over the Rappahannock river by pontoons & halted near Brandy station for camp. Very bad walking as the road is so poor. Oct 20. In camp quiet again. Can see signs of shelling where we were. Shelled by the yankees 12 months ago. Pitched our tents ready for the cool weather. Oct 21. Rubbed our guns and had brigade inspection. Wrote a letter to my mother. Had orders late in the afternoon to be ready to move camp at 6 A.M. next day. Oct 22. Moved to another camp west of our old one about one mile and some now. Near a good spring. On police duty to-day. Quite cool this afternoon. Oct 23. Went over to the cavalry camps to see some of my friends & acquaintances. Returned to our camp having to come through rain. Nothing going on in camp of importance. Oct 24. Rained all day and we were compelled to stay within out tents all day long nearly. Very disagreeable to day, not being used to confinement in our tents. Oct 25. Clear and cool, this Sabbath ____. Walked over to ___ division commissary with a friend. Had a service in our brigade and it was attended by our Gen. in chief, R. E. Lee. Oct 26. Received a letter from home this morning that tells me all are well. Not well today. Suffering very much with the tooth ache. Very cold this afternoon. Oct 27. Very cold to-day. Look very much like snow. Had company drill in the afternoon. Drew shoes from Qr. Master department. Received ____ ____ blankets. Oct 28. Feel very well to day. Darned a pr. socks ready for wear. Very warm & ____ to-day. Had inspection of camps by Brig. Genl H.W. Walker. Oct 29. Detailed to throw up redoubts not far from the ____. Went 1st to Gen. Walkers then to Gen ___ ___ ___ then to the div. ordenance train to get the pieces to---- -----. Oct 30. Nothing going on of much importance going in camp. The army is now busy drilling and preparing themselves to meet the enemy. Oct 31. We have orders to move camps this morning but it rained and prevented it. Mustered for pay to-day. Wrote a letter to & received one from my home.
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