By John S. Jackman
This is often the diary of John S. Jackman, a accomplice soldier within the Orphan Brigade, a regiment in Tennessee's ninth Kentucky Brigade which participated in lots of the significant Western campaigns of the yank Civil conflict. Jackman served as a regimental clerk, and faithfully recorded his impressions.
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Of course rested badly. The following day, the rain pourd down incessently. We made a fire in our tent, and by night my eyes were nearly out from smoke. Here we received a lot of overcoats, hats and glovesa present to the regiment, from the merchants of New Orleans. The day after, our company wagon was sent to the city for clothing; but before it got back in the evening, the regiment had moved. I was left to help load in our baggage. We had to tumble the boxes off in the road, to make room for our camp equipage.
Where we were sworn into the service of the Confederate States by Maj. 14 We were to serve for three years, or during the war. When we started back, the soldiers standing about who then considered 13 The 2d Kentucky was the first organized of the regiments that formed the 1st Kentucky Brigade, and was stationed at Bowling Green to recruit men for the succeeding regiments. Davis, p. 27. 14 Major James W. Hewitt, 2d Kentucky Infantry, would eventually rise to lieutenant colonel. He was killed at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863.
Was glad to be with the boys again. The brigade, commanded by Brig. 30 Then, I saw Gen'l John C. Breckinridge for the first timehe inspected us. Our regiment was then considerably reduced from sickness. Here Billie Sr31 first complained of sickness. January 1st, 1862, we moved camp to "Clear-Water," two or three miles off the railroad, and near the pike. We were near a church which was used as regt'l hosp'tl. No other troops were camped near us. The first thing I did after the tent was pitched, was adding a sod chimney, which answered us a good purpose, while there encamped.