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1863 Civil War Journal

James Henry St. John 1863 War Journal

Original in possession of Mrs. Earl Boston, Pendleton, Indiana.
Transcribed July 1978.

1863 DIARY OF 2nd Lieutenant
JAMES H. ST. JOHN 83rd Regiment
Indiana Volunteers
Company K
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Diary 1863
Inside Cover:
J.H. St. John
2 Lt. Co. k. 83 Regt
Ind Voluter
if you find this book
leave it with Capt.
Cresswell Co. k. 83 Regt
 Ind Voluter
Thursday, January 1, 1863
I Wrote a leter to my wife 15 letr this was a fine clear day and I am on the Asew Rivr [Yazoo River]
Friday 2
We Retreted from Viscburg up the Missippi Rivr and landed at Miligans bend [Milli- ken's Bend]
Saturday 2
We layed at Miligans bend and it rained all day vey hard
Sunday 4
left Miligans bend at 10 o clock and came up the Rivr, Capt Crofferd preached at 2 o clock
Monday 5
on our way from Viscburg to white River on the Missippi Rivr
Tuesday 6
on our way from Viscburg to Memphis
Wednesday 7
on our way from Viscburg to Memphis
Thursday 8 
Arrived at White River and landed at 3 o clock in the morning on our way from viscburg to Memphis
Friday 9
left the Missippi River and started up White Rivr at 12 o clock and landed at 7 o clock on arcansaw Rivr
Saturday 10
and mooved up at 8 o clock went of of the boat at 10 o clock and went up the Rivr at Arkansaw post the Battle commenced at 6 o clock and lasted 2 ours
Sunday 11
the Battle comenced at 11 o clock and lasted till 4 o clock the 83 went in the fite at 12 on the left and stormed the breast works
Monday 12
We laid in the fort all day and knight and talked with the Rebels and examend their works
Tuesday, January 13, 1863
this morning we marched out of the fort on the north and turned to the left and campt
Wednesday 14
lay in the Arkansaw Rivr all day on the boats Wrote to my wife this day
Thursday 15
Heavey snow storm, leave for the Missippi at 2 o clock
Friday 16
Arrived in the Missippi Rivr at 10 o clock out of the Arkansaw Rivr and landed at Napolion, on Picket
Saturday 17
on Picket betwene the Arkansaw River and the Missippi Rivr at Napolion
Sunday 18
Left Napolion at 9 o clock and went down the Missippi Rivr
Monday 19
Going down the the Missippi Rivr
Tuesday 20
Going down the Missippi Rivr
Wednesday 21
landed at Miligans Bend Wrote home No 17
Thursday 22
disembarked on the Louisana Side 9 miles a bove viscburg and marched down to the Canall of Butter Detailed on Picket
Friday 23
on picket all day and went out on a scout with 5 men and went with in a quarter of a mile of the Rivr and sen viscburg they sheld us all day.
Saturday 24
Rainy all day and I worked 2 ours on the canal I Received a leter from My Wife and Brother
Sunday 25
In camp all day near Butters canal and worked 2 ours on the canal
Monday 26
Campt on Butters Canal front of viscburg. I went to the boat, it raind all knight
Tuesday 27
in camp near Butters canal cold and the wind blew hard all day, the water is 20 feet wide 7 feet deep
Wednesday 28
To Work in the Canal Wether rainey and cold
Thursday, January 29, 1863
To Work on the Canal Rainy and cold
Friday 30
To Work on the canal weathr Clear and pleasant
Saturday 31
Detailed and went out on picket with Co A attended Brigade Guard mounting picket station Before viscburg
Sunday, February 1
Returned from picket at 10 o clock in camp all day, very heavy Rain
Monday 2
this morning the gunboat Run the Blockade at viscburg and made the trip all wright, day cold
Tuesday 3
Bought New Boots of yater, in camp all day
Wednesday 4
This morning went out on picket before viscburg and it Rained all day and was vey cold
Thursday 5
this morning vey cold mud vey deep relieved from picket at 10 o clock
Friday 6
ths morning vey cold frost hard a nuf to Bare[?] a horse clear and sunshin moved our camp on the other side of the Rail Road
Saturday 7
Went out on picket with Co. F on the levy with in one mile of the Rivr, the day vey fine and warm Sum heavy fireing today[?] .
Sunday 8
on picket Relieved at 10 o clock, Day cloudy Wrote leter to my Wife No 18
Monday 9
Sent a leter home in camp un till evening went down in front of viscburg with a glass and examend their works and saw on dis [?]
Tuesday 10 .
Went out on picket with co H[?] and they sheld our lines un till 2 o clock when all was quiet for the night day clear Mailed a letr to my Brother
Wednesday 11
in Camp form 10 o clock Returned from picket
Thursday 12
Heavy rain this morning. clea at 12 o clock, Went out on picket with Co E on the levey below town
Friday, February 13, 1863
Returned from picket this morning, the day clear and pleasent in camp the balence of the day
Saturday 14
Day warm and plesent in camp all day maid beds in our tent vey heavy thundr storm to knight Wrote to my Wife 19
Sunday 15
Hevy Rain this morning cold and cloudy all day, in camp no drill today
Monday 16
Cold Rain vey mudy and disareeable all day Received a leter from my Wife
Tuesday 17
Went our on picket with Co F rained all day
Wednesday 18
Returned from picket day cloudy and cold one of our Morterboats sheld viscburg today for the first 20
Thursday 19
day pleasant Meotre Boat sheld the town wrote to my wife 20 Mother and Sister all quiet this evening
Friday 20
Went out on picket with a detail, heavy firing below at 12 day vey pleasant
Saturday 21
Returned from picket Heavy Rain ths morning Capturd 2 negroes form viscburg
Sunday 22
In camp, Day Cold and Cloudy Received a leter from van horne
Monday 23
day pleasant, In camp all day all quiet Wrote to My Wife No of leter 21
Tuesday 24
Day Pleasant and warm Went on the canal to work with 37 men Received a leter from my wife this evening
Wednesday 25
Wednesday Day warm and pleasant. Bought new pants heavy rain this evening
Thurday 26
Heavy Rain this morning in camp all day
Friday 27
In camp all day warm and pleasant but mudy, Wrote a leter to my Wife this morning No 22, Rivr raising fast
Saturday 28
this morning cloudy and rainy, Went out on picket with Co k, the after part of the day pleasant, the enemy vey quiet
Sunday, March 1, 1863
Returned from picket day vey pleasant, all quiet, a flag of truse came ovr from viscburg ths evening
Monday 2
In camp all day, weather fine, the enemy quiet, Went on the canal in the after- noon to work
Tuesday 3
Came in camp at 9 o clock from the canal day pleasant, the enemy sheld our canal and drove the men of of the work
Wednesday 4
Went with the compay to work on the canal the enemy comenced Shelling at 11 o clock and continued in till 1/2 l o clock finished our part of _____?
Thursday 5
In camp all day with the exception of going to the boat a few heavy guns from the enemy to day
Friday 6
Wrote to my Wife this morning No of leter 22 In camp all day every thing very Quiet
Saturday 7
Wrote to my Mother 3 The Water Broke through the Canal this morning and is a washing the levey vey fast
Sunday 8
In camp un till 11 in the evening, moved on the levey Sent 2 papers and a leter home No 23, and a leter to my Brother No 3, it raind this evening, moved on the levee
Monday 9
In camp all day. cold and Raind at knight three prisners captured, our gun- boats attacked the town last knight .
Tuesday 10
Went with a detail of fifty men on the J.Y.[?] Taylor. the balance of the day in camp, vey mudy and raind nearly all day
Wednesday 11
In camp all day the weather warm and pleasant Received a leter from John Cooper and answered it
Thursday 12
In camp all day weather warm and pleasnt every thing quiet, the trees quite green
Friday 13
In camp all day weather warm and pleasant the finnes day of the season
Saturday 14
In Camp all day the weather warm and pleasant every thing quiet
Sunday, March 15, 1863
In Camp all day Rainy and very mudy Not very well. took some midisons at Night
Monday 16
In Camp Sick wether fine the Enemy sheld our drug boat on the canal and continued till one o clock the 17
Tuesday 17
At 2 o clock this morning we Received orders to hav our command Redy at once to march with one day Ration and march to the uper landing. Embarked on the steamer David Tatum and went and went"u-p the River 20 miles a bove miligams Bend, landed for the knight
Wednesday 18
Recieved 2 leters from My Wife, on Board the Steamer David Tatum 20 miles a bove miligan B
Thursday 19
On Board the StemerDavid Tatum. and Returned to youngs Point at 2 o clock and left the Regt, and arrived at camp at 5 o clock the Colnel arrived in a shot time
Friday 20
Wrote to my Wife 25 In camp all day the enemy continues to shell our drug Boats, Weather pleasant 2 gun Boats from Comader Fariguts fleet arrive this Evening
Saturday 21
Heavy firing on the azoo Rivr, Heavy Battle below 118 Guns fired, the Rebels continue to shell our drug boat
Sunday 22
In camp all day, weathr 'fine, Heavy gunboat fight at Warrington [Warrenton, Miss.] at 10 o clock
Monday 23
Wrote to My Wife 26 leter, In camp all day campt on the levy, all quiet to day, Heavy Rains .
Tuesday 24
In Camp all day Very heavy rain to day, vey windy all quiet to day
Wednesday 25
The Weather clear and fine to day, two of our gunboats Run the Block ade this morning the Lancaster was Sunk the Switzerland got through disabled
Thursday 26
In camp all day, Weather fine and warm Blackberries in full Bloom for several days, Wrote to my Mother 3
Friday 27
In camp Weather, warm and pleasant our Regt Returned fom the Yazoo Rivr
Saturday 28
In camp all day Weathr warm, heavey Storm all knight and heavy rain
Sunday, March 29, 1863
In camp Weathr vey cold and cloudy
Monday 30
In camp all day Weather cold all quiet
Tuesday 31
In camp all day Weathr Clear Cool all quiet
Wednesday, April I
Moved our camp one mile up the Rivr and above Shearmons Head quarters
Thursday 2
In camp, all quiet, Grand Review, Received a leter from my Wife dated March the 18th
Friday 3
In camp all day Weather Warm and pleasant grand Review General Frank Blar takes command of our division
Saturday 4
In camp all day, Weather Warm and pleasant Wrote to my Wife no of leter 28
Sunday 5
In camp all day Weathr Warm and pleasant feld up our pay Roles and Signed them
Monday 6
In camp all day, Weather Warm and pleasant Received a leter from my Sister
Tuesday 7
In Camp officr of the day relived at 9 o cl on the 8, Weathr warm and pleasant
\vednesday 8
In camp all day, weathr good every thing Quiet
Thursday 9
In camp all day wethr good every thing quiet .
Friday 10
Commander of the Brigade guard Weathr good
Saturday 11
In camp all day evy thin quiet Some talk of pay
Sunday 12
officer of the day, Heavy rain last knight A Flag of truse
Monday 13
In camp all day, Received four months pay 407.60. Heay Raines Last Paid By Major Bridgman up to and include 28 of Febuary
Tuesday 14
In camp all day Weather clear and pleasant, attended officer drill
Wednesday, April 15, 1863
In camp all day Weather clear and pleasant, attended officer drill
Thursday 16
on Brigade guard, yator Started for Cincinnati to day I Sent $240.00 dolas with to my Wife Bought a new pair Boots Yator
Friday 17
Relieved from guard at 9 o clock in camp the balance of the day Wrote to my Wife no of leter 30
Saturday 18
In camp all day officer of the guard our batery has bin firing in the town Yator started for Cincinnati
Sunday 19
Relieved from guard at 9 o clock, heavy rain last knight, the day was clear and pleasant our Eatery shelling the town
Monday 20
Weather clear and pleasant on detail to mount Major Taylors batery 20 lbs [?] to command the mouth of the Azoo
Tuesday 21
In camp all day with the exception of going to hear general thomas speeches, he has come to organize negro regements
Wednesday 22
In camp all day Weathr good all quiet un till evening when 6 of our boats Run the blockade and sunck all transports
Thursday 23
In camp all day Weathr good, all quiet Wrote to my Wife 30 Some talk of marching orders
Friday 24
officer of the camp guard Day fine all quiet
Saturday 25
In camp all day every thing quiet
Sunday 26
In camp all day every thing quiet Wrote to my Wife No of leter 31 and Sent my likeness to my Wife
Monday 27
In camp all day heavy Rain Received 2 leters from my Wife dated April the 13 & 19 No 13 & 15
Tuesday 28
officer of the guard Wrote to My Wife No of leter 32
Wednesday, April 29, 1863
Marching orders and left camp at 9 o clock embarked on the stemer Desemoines at 6 o clock in the evening went on bord Stemer Cresent batry on the azoo Rivr
Thursday 30
Went up the azoo Rivr to hanses Bluff (Haynes' Bluff) from whare we lay all knight 3 miles a bove Johnsons farm Heavy canading
Friday, May I, 1863
out on picket and went out on a scout boat Co F Co C Co K went five miles from the Yazoo Rivr on the levey and drove their picket in and went 1 1/2 miles Hanyes Bluff Returned by Yongs Point
Saturday 2
Moved from yongs Point to Miligams Bend and camped I mile from the River on Sunday lay on the Boat all knight
Sunday 3
this morning disembarked at Miligans Bend and went in to Camp I mile from the River in a Swamp, the name of the boat Cresent City
Monday 4
Received a leter from My Wife In Camp all day, every thing Quiet except a fight betwen Col Myers and Luit Rolins, Invited to call on General Smith at his quarters, Had a pleasant time
Tuesday 5
Heavy Rain last knight. Camp vey wet, officer of the guard. Fuler wounded by the discharge of his gun
Wednesday 6
In camp all day every thing Quiet
Thursday 7
Wrote to my Wife No 33 Marched from Milligans Bend for carthriadge [Carthage, Mo.] at 9 campt 4 miles below Richmond. 16 miles' .
Friday 8
Marched at 7, and marched 16 miles down the Walnut byough and Campt on General Fisks plantation he was killed at Shilo
Saturday 9
Started at 5 1/2 on the march and arived on the Missippi River at 11 1/2 seven miles below carthriadge, marched 16 miles for the day and campt on lake St. Joseph 6 miles below whare we [____?] the Rivr
Sunday 10
Marched at 5 1/2 and marched 10 miles down lake St Joseph with in 2 miles of the Rivr and campt on Mr McNuts plantation splendid country, Houses all Burnt
Monday 11
Marched two miles to the Rivr and crost to Grand Gulf landed their at 6 o clock the town all burnt we crost on the gunboat Louisvill 7 miles
Tuesday, May 12 1863
In state of Missippi marched from Grand Gulf North east 10 miles in rout for Vicksburg Road vey dusty Water scarece our men stand it vey well 
Wednesday 13
Marched 12 miles on the direct road for Reymond and campt late at knight 
Thursday 14
Marched 15 miles and past through Willow Springs and campt at 6 o clock
Friday 15
Marched II miles and arrived at Reymond and campt on the North side of the town, I was officer of the Brigade Guard
Saturday 16
Champion hill Battle fought Marched from Raymond 8 miles North west and their found the enemy and a part of our men engaged them and fught a heavy Battle and above them 3 miles Captured 15 hundred prisners 16 gun
Sunday 17
Drove the enemy across Black River and we campt 2 miles on the Vicksburg side, we crost the Rail Road at 9. We found their dead and wounded ont Road II miles
Monday 18
We drove the enemy with in 3 miles of Vicksburg and formed a line of Battle and campt for the Night Weather good II miles
Tuesday 19
this morning the greate Battle began at vicksburg at 2 o clock our division made a charge on their breastworks the 83 led Cresswell was killed. fell back at 8 marched 3 miles
Wednesday 20
this morning the 83 starts for the yazoo Rivr with the trane to make a Rode. loded the trane Returned at 11 the next morning past_____[?] and prisners 18 miles
Thursday 21
the 83 lay in line of battle all day. I was with my company all day. Our men fortfying and preparing to fight
Friday 22
I this morning I went to the hospittal sick had bin sick for 5 days Some fighting today
Saturday 23
In hospittal sick our men still fighting 83 not in it our men canad all knight to keep them a wake
Sunday 24
In hospittal sick heavy canading on the hole line, General Light Burn takes com-mand of our Brigade

Monday, May 25, 1863
In Hospittal sick Weather vey dry, very little fighting. our Regt laying in line of Battle our men are a fortifying
Tuesday 26
Wrote to my Wife No 36 In hospittal Sick our Regt Still in line of battle our Regt undr marching orders for the yazoo Rivr Received a leter fom Wife No 20
Wednesday 27
Sick in hospittal but able to walk a bout. 83 Regt gon to Yazoo Rivr
Thursday 28
In convlesent camp the 83 Regt at yazoo Rivr and said to be at yazoo Citty. heavy fighting at vicksburg
Friday 29
In convolesent camp 83 Regt at yazoo citty the heaviest canading at vicksburg that evr heard ou ever exepect to
Saturday 30
in convlesent camp in command of the camp 51 men 83 Regiment on hanes Bluff heavy canading at Vicksburg
Sunday 31
In convolesent camp in command. 83 Regt on hans bluff every thing quiet at vicksburg plenty wripe plumbs
Monday, June 1
In convalesent camp heavy canading the enemy expect Reinforsement in our Rear
Tuesday 2
In camp, heavy canading in the evening and a part of the knight
Wednesday 3
In camp, our men still shell the enemy all the time
Thursday 4
In convolesent camp reinforsements coming Heavy canading
Friday 5
In colvalsent campt Heavy canading Wrote to My Wife No of leter 35
Saturday 6
In convlesent camp Vey heavy canading
Sunday 7
In convolesent camp Heavy Canading, I hear a report thet General Johnson was whipt and 5 peases of artilliry capturd
Monday 8
Wrote to my Wife No of leter 37 Recieved a letr fom my Wife No 21, Returned to the Regt
Tuesday, June 9, 1863
 In camp sick
Wednesday 10
 In camp sick
Thursday 11
In camp sick
Friday 12
In camp sick our Regt ordered to the front in the Rifle pits Went to the hospittal sick
Saturday 13
Sunday 14
In hospittal sick
Monday 15
In hospittal sick
Tuesday 16
In hospittal sick
Wednesday 17
In hospittal Sick. Wrote to my Wife No of letr 38
Thursday 18
In Hospittal Sick
Friday 19
In Hospittal sick Wrote to my Wife No of letr 39
Saturday 20
In hospittal sick
Sunday 21
In hospittal sick
Monday 22
In hospittal sick
Tuesday 23
In hospittal sick
Wednesday 24
In hospittal sick
Thursday 25
In hospittal sick this evening our mn made a charge on the mane fort in the Sentr and drove the rebels back
Friday, June 26, 1863
In hospittal sick
Saturday 27
In hospittal Sick
Sunday 28
In hospittal sick
Monday 29
In hospittal
Tuesday 30
In hospittal sick
Wednesday, July 1
In hospittal sick the 83 Regt received 2 months pay by Majr Jamison I received $205.20 the pay in cludes the 31 day of April 1
Thursday 2
In hospittal sick Wrote to my Wife No 40
Friday 3
In hospittal sick
Saturday 4
In hospittal sick, wrote to my Wife No 41, vicksburg surendered at 4 o clock ths morning
Sunday 5
In hospittal sick the 83 has marching orders for Jackson Miss. Wrote to my Wife 42 Sent 110 dolars home by General Stone
Monday 6
In hospittal sick
Tuesday 7
In hospittal sick
Wednesday 8
Went to Vicksburg Bought a Smith and Weston pistol and paid 8 dolars for it
Thursday 9
Went to Vicksburg
Friday 10
In hospittal
Saturday 11
Went to Vicksburg sold my colts pistol for 10 dolars
Sunday 12
In hospittal

Monday, July 13, 1863
In hospittla Wrote to My Wife No of letr 43
Tuesday 14
In hospittal
Wednesday 15
In hospittal Wrote to my Wife No 44
Thursday 16
In hospittal Sick
Friday 17
Went to Vicksburg and staid all knight
Saturday 18 
In camp
Sunday 19
 In camp
Monday 20 
In camp
Tuesday 21 
In camp
Wednesday 22 
In Vicksburg
Thursday 23
Left Vicksburg at 10 o clock for caro III [Cairo, Ill] Sunshine
Friday 24
this morning arrived at Milikens Bend at 6 o clock, arrived at Lake providence at 6 o clock AM
Saturday 25
this morning attived at greenville at 5 O clock arrived at Napoleon at 4 o clock, and White Rivr at 6 o clock
Sunday 26 
Arrived at Helena this morning at 8 o clock. arrived at Memphis at 12 this evening Monday 27 In Memphis all day till 5 1/2 o clock left for cario
Tuesday 28
past fort pillow this morning at 6 o clock
Wednesday 29
Arrived at Columbus Kyat 7 1/2 PM
Thursday. July 30, 1863
Arrvied at Carrow Ill. and left at 140 minuts
Friday 31
Arived at Home at 5 in the evening
Saturday, August 1- Monday, August 31
Tuesday, September 1
Went to my Sisters at Hartsville Bartholumew Co
Wednesday 2
Thursday 3
Returned from My sisters ant 9 o clock in the morning
Friday 4- Thursday 10
Friday II
Left Greensburg at 2.52 o clock Heavy Storm all knight the trane run off of the track fair to Indianapls 170
Saturday 12
arived at Pany Ill. at 6 oclock fair 570. Arrived at vandaila at 9 o clock fair from Pana 125 vandaila Arrived at my Mothers in evening
Sunday 13
At My Mothers Wrote to My Wife No of Leter 1
Monday 14
At Mothers un till twelve o clock left for vandaila arived at 3 o clock, left on 9 1/2 train for Caro
Tuesday 15
Arrived at Cairo Ill at 6 o clock and took passage on the Stemer War Eagle for Memphis Wrote to my Wife No 2
Wednesday 16
on the Rivr bound for Memphis Arrived at Memphis at 9 o clock in the evening Wrote to My Wife No 2
Thursday 17
In Memphis all day
Friday 18
Left Memphis at 5 o clock for Vicksburg on the Stemer John Warner Wrote To My Wife No 3
Saturday 19
Arived at Helena on the way to vicksburg at 41/2  
o clock
Sunday 20
Arrived at Napoleon at 4 o clock
Monday, September 21, 1863
Wrote to My Wife No of letr 4
Tuesday 22
arrived at vicksburg
Capt Bodright
11 Mo Regt
Lunt Pearce
47 Ill. Regt
Wednesday 23
Moved our camp down to the Rail Road
Thursday 24
Friday 25
Wrote to my Wife No 5 and Wrote to my Mother 
Jacob Johnson Cash 50
Pat Dugan 50
James Stillman 100
Saturday 26
Wrote to My Wife No 6 In camp on Black River Near the Bridge
Sunday 27
Campt Near Black Rivr Bridge, Received Marching orders for vicksburg arriving their at 3 oclock and on Board Stemr City of Peacon
Monday 28 
We Hitt____ __[?]
left Vicksburg in the Knight 
 300
 100
  50
  50
 100
700
  50
Tuesday 29
On Bord the Stemer City of Peacon bound for Memphis
Wednesday 30
on Bord City of Peacon Bound for Memphis Near Grenville
Thursday, October 1
on Bord the Stemer City of Peacon Bound fo Memphis
Friday 2
on Bord Stemer City of Peacon Bound fo Memphis
Saturday 3
on Bord Stemr City of Peacon arrived at Helena arkansas at 2 in morning. arived at Memphis at 11 o clock in the evening
Sunday 4
Went in to camp in the Rear of Memphis Wrote to My Wife No of letr 7

Monday, October 5, 1863
In camp in the Rear of Memphis
Tuesday 6
In camp Near Memphis Tenesee
Wednesday 7
In camp Near Memphis Tenesee Wrote of my Wife No 8
Thursday 8
Campt Near Memphis left at 7 o clock Marched to the depot took the trane for, arrived at German town 11 o clock and at Mosco at 3 and went in to camp
Friday 9
In camp all day at Moses Tenesee
Saturday 10
left Moses at 91/2 arrived at Sagrange at 11 1/4 and went into camp at 4 o clock
Sunday 11
Went out on picket South of Sagrange on the Davis Mill Road and Relieved Lieut White
Monday 12
Arrived in camp from picket at 11 o clock
Tuesday 13
Went out on picket on the Davis Mill Road. Relieved at 7 o clock in the evening 
Wednesday 14
Left Sagrange at 6 PM and marched 14 miles campt at 3 AM
Thursday 15
Marched at 5 o clock PM marched 20 miles campt at 7 AM
Friday 16
Marched at 5 o clock PM marched 28 miles arrive at corrinth Miss
Saturday 17
Left corrinth Miss at 11 o clock PM and Marched 12 miles arriving at Glendale and campt for the knight at 6
Sunday 17
Left Camp at 7 o clock and arrived Iuka at 4 o clock distance 14 miles and went in to camp, ordered to Sign Pay Roles
Monday 19
Left Iuka at 3 o clock AM and Marched 6 miles East Received a leter from My Wife No 4
Tuesday 20
Marched at 7 o clock marched 12 miles and campt in State of Alabama Camp churikee Liut Eli F Scott leaf extended this date
Wednesday, October 21, 1863
In camp all day fighting in front under arms most of ths day
Thursday 22
In camp most of the day went out forigen gon 4 hours, returned to camp Wether cold and rainy 6 miles
Friday 23
In camp all day Received a letter from my Wife No 1 and forward from the Adjutant Genral cold and rainy
Saturday 24
In camp all day Wrote to My Wife No of leter 9
Sunday 25
Inspection at 10 o clock In camp all Day
Monday 26
Struck our tents at 3 o clock in the morning and took up line of march for Tuscumbia alabama dove the enemy before us they made 4 stands to day marched 11 miles
Tuesday 27
advanced on the enemy at 8 o clock, had a hevy Scrimish with them dove them beyond tuscumbia arriving their at 1 1/2 o clock and campt for the knight marched 6 miles
Wednesday 28
Left Tuscumbia at 7 and returned to camp Chrikee Station 16 miles Received two leters from My Wife No 2 and No 5
Thursday 29
Went out Forigen 7 miles from camp run on the enemy and reteted and Returned to camp 14 miles Boots wore out, Bought of Conover
Friday 30
Left camp at 5 1/2 o clock marched for Eastport on the tenesee River Raind hard all day marched 5 miles campt .
Saturday 31
Marched at 7 o clock arriving Cherikee St Landing at 
9 o clock 11 miles
Sunday, November 1
campt Cherikee St all day Wethr clear and plesent
Monday 2
Left camp 7 o clock marched to he Tenesee Rivr, crost at 6 o clock in Stemer Masonick Gem Paid to the day 312,0670[?] Maj. Hunt By Pay Master Maj Hunt 30 cts Marched 5
Tuesday 3
Left Tenesee Rivr at o clock near East port Alaban marched to Gravel Springs 11 miles arrived at 3 o clo
Wednesday 4
Left Gravel Spring and marched to Forence [Florence] Alabama arived at 6 o clock Distance 20 miles
Thursday, November 5, 1863
on this morning marched at 6 o clock distance 18 and campt at 5
Friday 6
Marched at 6 1/2 and Marched 16 miles and campt at 5
Saturday 7
Marched at 6 1/2 o clock and marched 20 miles and
campt at 6
Sunday 8
Left camp at 8 o clock marched 20 miles and campt 6 Pulaski Tenesee vey fine town
Monday 9
Left camp at 7 o clock marched 18 miles and campt at 6 o clock in 2 miles Fayets ville
Tuesday 10
Left camp at 12 O clock past through Fayetts ville at I marched 10 miles and campt at 6 o clock
Wednesday II
Left camp 61/2 marched 18 miles and campt 6 o clock
Thursday 12
Left camp at 7 and marched 15 miles and campt with in 2 miles of Mays ville Ala
Friday 13
Left camp at 8 and past through Maysville at 9 marched 15 miles and campt at 5 near the Rail Road runing to Stevenson
Saturday 14
Left camp at 71/2 and past through Larks ville [Larkinsville, Ala.] and marched 16 miles campt near the rail Road
Sunday 15
Left camp at a and march 18 miles an campt in five miles of Stevensen alla
Monday 16
Left camp at a and marched to Stevenson arriving at 10 and Stopt a Shot time marched 5 miles east and campt Boots cost $10 Socks 100 Wrote to Wife 10
Tuesday 17
Left camp at a and marched to Bridgport and campt at 12 and remained for the Day Received 3 leters, Wrote to Wife No 11
Wednesday 18
In camp all day at Bridgport Alabama Received a leter from home No 8, and wote home No 12
Thursday 19
Left camp at 8 and crost the Tensee Rivr and marched a miles and campt at a o clock
Friday 20
Left camp at 7 and marched 18 miles and campt in 4 miles of Chattnuga at 8
Saturday, November 21, 1863
Left camp at 2 o clok and marched to The Tenesee Rivr and crost and marcht 3 miles and campt at 6 for the knight distance 5 miles
Sunday 22
Wrote to my Wife No 13 Left camp and marched un till 8 and campt for the night distance 18 miles In camp all day maid out pay roles marched at 4 and crost the Tensee Rivr in boats in the knight fortified
Monday 23
Left camp 2 o clock and crost the Tenesee Rivr and marched 5 miles and campt, Moved forward and gard the top of the hill by 4 with out any resistance our compay out on Picket in the South
Tuesday 24
this morning our pickets opend thr fire on the enemy and it past both wase a long the line and at 10 o clock the engagement became Genral and lasted un till dark our men carried the works, the enemy left in the knight
Wednesday 25
mistake above 
the grate battle was faught to day
Thursday 26 
this morning we left the battle ground and fell back near the rivr and drew 3 days ration and crost the chick amoga crick and folowd the enemy 7 miles campt
Friday 27
Left camp at 8 nd marched 5 five miles and was ordered to go back and build a bridge marched 5 miles to the Rail Rode Staion and campt
Saturday 28
Left camp and marched to the Bridge and went to work Rained and vey cold
Sunday 29
to work on the Bridge Wether cold
Monday 30
To work on the Bridge Wether vey cold
Tuesday, December 1,1863
To work on the Bridge Wether cold
Wednesday 2
To Work on the Bridge Wethr more plesent Wrote to my Wife No of leter 14
Thursday 3
To work on the Bridge finished at 11 o clock Weather vey pleasent
Friday 4
Guarding Bridge
Saturday 5
Guarding Bridge
 
Sunday, December 6, 1863
Guarding Bridge Wrote to My Wife on of Leter IS
Monday 7
Guarding Bridge
Tuesday 8
Guarding Bridge
Wednesday 9
Guarding Bridge
Thursday 10
Guarding Bridge
Friday II
Guarding Bridge cald at the 37 Indian Regt and Sene all of the Boys
Saturday 12
Relieved from Guarding the Bridge and marched through Chattanooga and marched five miles and campt for the knight heavy rain all day
Sunday 13
marched at 7 for Bridge port marched 13 miles and campt for the knight on the Rail Road cold and Rainy
Monday 14
Marched at 7 and arived at Bridgeport at 12 and wint in to camp
Tuesday IS
In camp near Bridgport Receved a letter fom my Wife date Nov 26
Wednesday 16
In camp Near Bridgport Wrote to My Wife No IS
Thursday 17 
In camp Near Bridgport Heavy Rain all knight
Friday 18
In camp Near Bridgport Weather cold and cloudy in fore noon after non clear and coald
Saturday 19
In camp Near Bridgport Weather clear and cold, moved to a new camp
Sunday 20
In camp at Bridgport Wrote to my Wife No 16
Monday 21
In camp at Bridgport Received a leter from my Wife Wrote to My Wife No 17
Tuesday 22
In camp all day
Wednesday, December 23, 1863
Left the Regt and went to Division Hed Quarters with 29 men
Thursday 24
at division Hed Quarter on duty Received a letr from my Wife Date Dec 7 Received two months pay 2,05,20 by Maj Phelps to includ 31 oct
Friday 25
At division Hed Quarters Wrote to my Wife No 18
Saturday 26
Left Bridgport at 10 o clock and marched 5 miles and campt
Sunday 27
Left camp at 7 and marched 3 miles
Monday 28
Left camp at 7 and arived at Stevenson at 9 and unloded and stopt for the Day__[?] my money $325,00
Tuesday 29
In Stevenson un till one o clock, Left for Bellfount and arrived at 5 o clock and un loded and campt fo night
Wednesday 30
At Bellfount all day at Division Hed Quarters
Thursday 31
At Bellfount all day at Division Hed Quarters Wrote to My Wife No 19
Smith & Wesson pistol No. 10895 belongs to Lut J H St Joh
 
        MEMORANDA                 Jan 24, 1863
Cash Received of Capt Cresswell for Buying provisions   
Jan 24 100
 II 27 200
Feb  1 500
  II 19 350
  II 21 500
  II 26 300
Mar    3 150
  II  5 580
  II  9 500
  II 13 700
v II 21 100
  II 21 1000
  II 28 1000
Ap  4   50
        MEMORANDA
April 6 1863 Cash Received of Capt for Buyin Provisions
April 6 Cash $5.00
  II    II   II      770 
Setted          12 70
 F Rify Ith Lut 27
 Bought Pistol
April 13 Cash paid by St John for 
Wiskey $4.00 
Setted   18.30
            22.30
Auscamp & Co, Holesale dealers Watches cincin ohio on main to 3 & 5 streets Watches cald the Nickle monument
        MEMORANDA
2 Brigade 2 division 15 Army Core department of Tenesee Major General Grant commondng
Plat Euines Jr No 64 West foth Strete Coincinnati proprietor of Swing machines
        MEMORANDA
No and Sise of Pistol
No 7985 length of barrell, 8 in Colts
Pattent marked leter by St. J. M. St. John
Co k 83 Regt Ind Vol
Mess Espences Co k
Buter 25
2 pies 40 
Cakes 25 
2 pies lemon 50
Bred & lemens 120
Hon & Shugar 325
18 potatoes 100
Setted
 
MEMORANDA
Set Bridges was killed on the 28 of Dec 1862 at 11 o clock and was buried on the 30 day dec on the bank of the Asew Rivr at 10 o clock a Heed board plased by his grave marked
 Lt. B.F. Bridges
Go. F 83 Reg lnd vol
 died dec 28 1822
he was plased in a good coffin 2 miles from the moth of the asey Rivr


Date1863
Linked toJames Henry St. John

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