Ditto, Ditto, June 25, 1862. Wednesday. — Dined with General Cox. He has a plan of operations for the Government forces which I like: To hold the railroad from Memphis through Huntsville, Chattanooga, Knoxville [and] southwest Virginia to Richmond; not attempt movements south of this except by water until after the hot and sickly season. [...]
Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes
"Same as before," June 22, 1862. Sunday. — A warm, beautiful, Sunday morning; all things bright and cheerful. Inklings and hints of matters before Richmond are more encouraging. But these delays of McClellan are very wearisome.
Camp Jones, Flat Top, June 21, 1862.—. . . Rather agreeable social evenings with the officers at my quarters, the band enlivening us with its good music. Dr. McCurdy having been appointed inspector of hospitals for this division, we had a Dr. Hudson, of Medina, a new state surgeon, assigned to us as assistant surgeon [...]
Ditto, Ditto, June 20, 1862. Friday. — Cold and wet. We wear overcoats, sit by fires in front of tents, and sleep under blankets! Had a very satisfactory drill. Am reading "St. Ronan's Well." Rode down the mountain towards New River On returning found R. S. Gardner giving a blow-out on receiving news of his [...]
Camp Jones, Flat Top Mountain, June 19, 1862. Thursday. — Cold, dull, and P. M., rainy. Drilled A. M. Rode with Adjutant Avery and practiced pistol firing in the P. M. Lieutenant-Colonel Paxton of the cavalry called to see me about Lieutenant Fordyce. Would he do for captain? Is he not too fond of liquor? [...]
Camp Jones, Flat Top, June 16, 1862. Monday. — A cold morning and a cloudy, clearing off into a bright, cool day. Last night walked with Captain Warren down to General Cox's headquarters. Talked book; the general is a reader of the best books, quite up in light literature; never saw the Shakespeare novels; must [...]
Camp Jones, Flat Top, June 15, 1862. Sunday. — Had our first dress parade in five or six weeks last night. No room or opportunity for it this side of Princeton, May 5. . . . Wrote to General Hill requesting the commissions of Russell G. French and Martin V. Ritter. Red-tape is a great [...]
Flat Top Mountain, June 12, 1862. Thursday.—A warm, bright, seasonable morning. Heard of Fremont's battle near Port Republic. As yet doubtful as to the result; shall look anxiously for the next news. . . . The battle before Richmond looks better, the more we see of it.
Flat Top Mountain, June 10, 1862. Tuesday. — Still cold. A month ago we were driven out of Giles. Over three weeks of inaction! No news for two or three days either from McClellan or Halleck. Fremont is pushing ahead with energy.
Flat Top Mountain, June 9, 1862. Monday. — Still cold weather. . . . Heard of the taking of Memphis after a battle of gunboats lasting an hour and twenty minutes. As reported it was a brilliant victory.
Flat Top Mountain, June 8, 1862. Sunday. — A bitterly cold morning — too cold to snow! Gradually warmed up. P. M. rode with Avery four or five miles. Our horses rested and fed up were in high spirits. We are all heartily tired of staying here. When shall we go? — Dear Lucy, I [...]
Flat Top Mountain, June 7, 1862. Friday [Saturday] A. M. — Still cloudy with hopes of clearing off. This has been a bad storm, lasting almost a week. No prospect of moving yet. Read the "Bride of Lammermoor." — I don't like the conclusion of it — lame and impotent.
Flat Top Mountain, June 6, 1862. Friday. — Rained a great part of the night; a cold, foggy morning; but I feel vigorous and well. ... I climbed to the top of the mountain to the right of the camp through the wet bushes and fog and feel the better for it. We have scarcely [...]
Flat Top Mountain, June 5, 1862. Thursday. — Rained most of the day. Want of exercise these rainy days begets indigestion, indigestion begets headache, blue devils, ill nature, sinister views, and general disgust. Brightened up a little by news that General Pope has taken ten thousand men and fifteen thousand stand of arms from Beauregard's [...]
Flat Top Mountain, June 3, 1862. Dearest : — I am made happy by your letter of the 24th and the picture of Webb. Enclosed I send Webb a letter from Lieutenant Kennedy. I am not surprised that you have been some puzzled to make out our movements and position from the confused accounts you [...]
Flat Top Mountain, June 2, 1862. Monday. — A clear, hot, healthy summer day. General McClellan telegraphs that he has had a "desperate battle"; a part of his army across the Chickahominy, is attacked "by superior numbers"; they "unaccountably break"; our loss heavy, the enemy's "must be enormous"; enemy "took advantage of the terrible storm." [...]
Flat Top, June 1, 1862. Sunday. — We got our new rifled muskets this morning. They are mostly old muskets, many of them used, altered from flint-lock to percussion, rifled by Greenwood at Cincinnati. We tried them on the hill one and a half miles east of camp, spending three hours shooting. At two hundred [...]
Tuesday, [May] 13, Same Camp, Giles County, Virginia. —Still dry and dusty! We shall soon need rain! Queer need in Virginia! No bread in camp today, but beans and beef and some bacon. Had an evening parade. The regiment looked strong and well. Our camp, on a hill overlooking New River in front and East [...]
Headquarters 23D Regt. O. V. I., Camp At Mouth Of East River, Giles County, Virginia, May 12, 1862. Sir : — Enclosed I send you the proceedings of the company commanders of the Twenty-third Regiment O. V. I. nominating Rev. Russell G. French, a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to the office of chaplain [...]
Monday, May 12. Camp at north of East River near line between Giles and Mercer Counties, eleven miles from Giles Courthouse. — We moved here to a strong position. The whole brigade as now organized is with us. This is the First Brigade of the Army of the District of Kanawha — General Cox. It [...]
Camp at Mouth of East River, Giles County, Virginia, May 11, 1862. Dearest : — Since I wrote you last I have lived a great deal. Do you know that Giles Court-house was captured with a large amount of stores, etc., etc., by a party sent by me from Princeton? It was so bold and [...]
Camp At Adair's, Near Narrows Of New River, May 11, 1862. Sir: — Yesterday morning, 10th inst, at dawn, our mounted pickets three miles south of Parisburg [Pearisburg] gave notice that the enemy was approaching in order of battle. It was soon discovered that his force was from twenty-five hundred to three thousand, and that [...]
Camp near Adair's, Giles County, Virginia, Sunday (?) May 11. — This is the first Sunday that has passed without my knowing the day of the week since childhood. The men bivouacked on a sidehill near New River. Nothing exciting during the day. The enemy in the Narrows, but not coming through. Our masterly retreat [...]
Adair's, ten and one-half miles from Parisburg [Pearisburg], Saturday, May 10, 4 P. M. — We were attacked at 4 o'clock this morning. I got up at the first faint streak of light and walked out to see the pickets in the direction of the enemy. As I was walking alone I heard six shots. [...]
Camp Number 6, Giles Court-house, May 9, 1862. A. M. Sir: — Your dispatch of yesterday reached me about 10:30 o'clock P. M. Its suggestions and cautions will be carefully heeded. If in any important respect my reports are defective, I shall be glad to correct the fault. The novelty of my situation and the [...]