Saturday, 18th.—Ordered into line this morning and roll called. Ordered by Colonel McConnel to remain standing in line one hour for not being prompt to get into line. Boys pretty mad. Orders to remain here all day. 12 o'clock, ordered to move forward; passed Loudon at sundown; camped at old camping-ground at Laurel Bridge.
Robert M. Magill—Personal Reminiscences of a Confederate Soldier Boy, 39th Georgia Regiment of Infantry
Friday, 17th.—Woke up this morning; a hog had taken my haversack from under J. A. Park's head and had eaten up all my bread. Regiment passed during the night; overtook at Rock Castle River; camped two miles farther on.
Thursday, 16th.—Detail of fifteen more men this morning, rolling wagons up Big Hill. Two men killed last night by being accidentally thrown over bluff. Two more badly burned with powder. Were tearing up cartridges, and putting powder in canteen. Wagons ordered to Rock Castle River; think it very certain we are going back into Tennessee. [...]
Wednesday, 15th.—Started at midnight, marching in direction of Big Hill; rather think we are leaving the State; halted within two miles of Big Hill; detail of fifteen men from Company F.
Friday, 10th.—Left our resting-place at 2 A. M. Passed Salvisa at 4:30 A. M. 10 A. M., waiting for road to be opened so we can get to our brigade wagons. Have been without rations since day before yesterday. It is said rebels captured Brigadier-General Wood yesterday; secreted himself under box when his brigade had [...]
Thursday, 9th.—Passed Lawrenceburg at 8 A. M.; saw seventy-five Yankee prisoners; prisoners continued to come in; some cannonading ahead, but seems to be retreating as we advance. Hungry set; no rations; halted at Salt River until J. H. Morgan passed with 2,000 or 3,000 cavalry; filed left; turned in the direction of Salvisa; crossed Salt [...]
Thursday, 2d.—Started to march in direction of Frankfort at 12 M. Camped on Elk Horn Creek, four and one-half miles from Frankfort; stood guard at house until midnight.
29th and 30th.—Marched back to Georgetown and camped on our old camping-ground, three-fourths of a mile west of town.
Sunday, 28th.—J. R. Parker preached at 10 A. M. "Why will ye die." 3 P. M., J. W. Brady preached, Job xxii. 21.
Saturday, 27th.—Met Humphrey Marshall's Brigade; came into Kentucky through Pound Gap. Had an election for captain to-day. Lieutenants Evans and Fox candidates. Fox elected by twenty-eight majority.
Friday, 26th.—Passed through North Middleton, at 7 A. M. Halted at 3 P. M., two miles from Mount Sterling. Rumored now that we were sent here to intercept Federal General Morgan on his retreat from Cumberland Gap, but Morgan didn't come this way.
Thursday, 25th.—Started on after regiment early; walked about four miles and called at house for breakfast; would not take any pay; overtook regiment one and one-half miles west of Paris. Only four of Company F present when stacked arms last night. This gives some idea as to how nearly worn out the whole army was. [...]
Wednesday, 24th.—Captain Anderson left for home this morning. Regiment ordered in direction of Frankfort. After marching four miles, ordered back to Georgetown; remained there until 6 P.M., when we started in the direction of Paris. Passed through Centerville about nine miles from Georgetown about midnight, Brother I. L. and I fell out of ranks and [...]
Tuesday, 23d.—Wrote letter to Brother A. N. to-day; received orders to march at 5:30 o'clock to-morrow morning.
Sunday, 21st.—Marched to Georgetown to-day; very large spring here; about the first good spring we have found in Kentucky.
Saturday, 20th.—Big Eagle Creek has ceased to run, and we have to drink pond water, along with the horses, cows, hogs, etc. Orders to move at 6 in the morning.
Thursday, 18th.—Rained all night; slept with J. H. Parker in his wagon; unwell; have mumps.
Wednesday, 17th.—Passed through Williamstown 5 A.M. Took Georgetown Road; camped 6 P.M., on Big Eagle Creek.
Tuesday, 16th.—Marched twenty-two miles and camped one mile north of Williamstown.
Monday, 15th.—Orders to cook rations and be ready to march by four to-morrow morning.
Sunday, 14th.—Rev. Kramer preached to-day; text, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."
Saturday, 13th.—Skirmishing this evening on our right, between a squad of Federal cavalry and General Heth's bodyguard; four Federals killed; nobody hurt on our side.
Friday, 12th.—At 11 o'clock last night were ordered into line, and at 9 this morning were fifteen miles south of Covington, after marching all the way in hard rain and mixed up with wagons and artillery most of the time; one time during the night were ordered to fix bayonets and keep a look-out on [...]
Thursday, 11th.—Company A and our company were sent out on advance picket line and remained there all night. Yankees worked all night on their works; could hear their spades rattle; and could 'hear trains and steamboats running and blowing all night over in Cincinnati. Relieved from picket 8 A. M., and returned to regiment, when [...]
Wednesday 10th.—Passed through Florence at 8 A. M. Marched within four miles of Covington. Halted in line of battle two miles from Federal entrenchments. 3 P. M., advanced to within three-fourths of a miles of their works; two companies were sent out as skirmishers, which drove in two regiments, capturing their blankets and knapsacks.