Robert M. Magill—Personal Reminiscences of a Confederate Soldier Boy, 39th Georgia Regiment of Infantry

Thursday, 9th.—Moved a quarter of a mile to good water. Drew two months' wages to-day, $22.00. Remaining here until the 13th, had some time for letter-writing. Some letter paper and envelopes had been captured in the fight; I got hold of some of it; the envelopes were pretty small, but on the left-hand corner was [...]

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Wednesday, 6th.—Moved up one miles this A. M. Cannonading began at 9 A. M. at 9:30 A. M., pretty heavy skirmishing towards Tazewell. 10:30, rather heavy fighting. 11 A. M., regiment ordered to the front, double quick. Just then a soldier met us, wounded slightly in the hand, who yelled to us, "Hurry up, boys; [...]

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Tuesday, 5th.—At 2 P. M., started forward; soon came to Clinch River; advance guard skirmishing a little some distance out. Saw one Federal prisoner. Clinch River was about one hundred and fifty yards wide; no bridge; ordered to wade through. Now came a ridiculous but laughable scene, 1,800 breechesless men wading in water three feet [...]

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Saturday, 23d.—Feel some better this morning. Brother J. H. Magill came up from Mouse Creek to see me to-day. In afternoon, regiment passed through Knoxville, and Brother Tom is sent to this hospital, sick. J. H. got him in the same room with me. Got two letters to-day; one from Cousin Fannie Lowry, the other [...]

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Sunday, 15th.—Hotel burned in town last night. About 12 o'clock regiment came in, having been ordered back at Bean's Station. Very sick all day. One of Company D knocked Spencer Pursly down with his gun, as they were marching along. Got aboard the train, and left for Knoxville, 11 P. M. (Note: picture is of [...]

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