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fifteen to twenty men. Many of these men hastened and brought on their own deaths by imprudence in eating and drinking. The FederalArmy passed through on their way to Vicksburg. They passed through, and for 3 days destroyed everything in the neighborhood, killing chickens, hogs, sheep just for the pleasure of the thing. Pulling off fruit green on the ground, taking all animals and vehicles. Soon afterwards Dysart went to Big Black and got some supplies for the Hospital, 25 lbs. Flour, 15 lbs. Pickled pork, 5 lbs. Shoulders and hams, coffee and tea. Since that time we have lived well. And had plenty of buttermilk from John Shelton's, Major Payton's, Mr. Grey's, Dr. Lattimer's. Joel Nevins and F.H.B. Stout both went in the country to Mrs. Julia Harney's, 2 miles out.

 

 
 

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Since being here I have studied a good deal of medicine and practiced more. In Materia Medica. Make up a great proportion of the prescriptions. Helped at the amputation of Martin's leg. Resection of Russell's arm. And 2 or 3 operations. Have been well, gaining strength all the time. Have eaten figs and pomegranates and like them well. Musk melons, apples, and peaches. I have enjoyed myself much, and now, 8th of September, am on the eve of leaving for Parole Camp, after having seen to the breaking up. There are but now 4 wounded men. Dr. Mallitt has been gone for some time. Wednesday, September 8th. Dr. Dysart, Henry Henderson, and myself started for Parole Camp at Demopolis [Alabama]. The Dr. horseback, the rest of us in a spring wagon, for which we paid $14.00 apiece, to Brandon [Mississippi]. We had scarcely

 

 
 

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got 1/2 mile from town when one of the wheels broke down and we had to return to get another vehicle, which we did about 3 P.M. About 10 P.M. we camped at Pearl River. An hour before day we started on our way to Brandon, which we reached about 12, where we remained till about 4 P.M., when we took the cars for Meridian. Charley Mount and [his] mother and Miss Annie Mount came with us, also Mrs. Jenkins, all of Raymond. At 3 A.M. we arrived in Meridian. We started early in the morning for Demopolis. The cars were so crowded we had to sit on the platform. We got about 25 miles when one of the truck wheels on the tender broke off near the end and ran the tender off the track. It kept us back

 

 
 

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till about 3, when having got the tender on the track and started, we got to McDonnell's Landing, when we took the boat. We soon arrived at Demopolis, when I found abut 20 of our company camping at the Mill just above town, with a splendid spring of water and everything pleasant. Sunday I went to the Methodist Church in town, and heard a splendid sermon from Dr. Mitchell. I there saw W. Carpenter, also Bob Maupin. Today, 14th [September, 1863], I saw Hosea Williams and Sidney Woods, whom I left in Springfield Mo. 24th Dec. [1862]. John Parker, Sam. Terrill. News came yesterday of exchange of [Major General John S.] Bowenn's and Stephenson's [Major General C.L. Stevenson] Div., 2nd Texas and Wall's [Colonel T.N. Waul] Texas Legion. I saw Dr. Dysart, and he will call an order to have me examined as Hospital Steward Very soon.

 

 
 

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I have since seen one who nursed me in Springfield, whom we have called Yank. He has professed a belief and come forward. Wm. Carpenter was Baptized by Bishop Andrews. Last Sabbath, the 20th, Sacrament of the Last Supper was celebrated in the 1st [Missouri] Brigade. Gen. [Francis M.] Cockrell partook. We have some very interesting prayer meetings in the grove morning and night. Last night I led the prayer meeting. Since the last was written much as been done. The prayer meetings continued and many were converted. Then came the order for consolidation (After General Bowen's death, Colonel Francis M. Cockrell, who had commanded the 1st Brigade of Bowen's Division, was promoted to Brigadier General and placed in command of the Division. On September 12, 1863, he requested the Confederate War Department to instruct all Missouri troops east of the Mississippi river not engaged in actual service to report to his command at the parole camp in Demopolis, Alabama. His request was approved and the order issued. When the troops were assembled the Division was reorganized. O.R., Series 1, Volume LII, Part II, 524, 526, and Series 1, Volume XXXII, Part III, 673), 33rd and 5th [Missouri], Gates' and Samuels'. Then our battery [Lowe's] and Dawson's, Dawson commanding, Catron 1st. Lieut., Jackson 2nd Lieut., Sleall 3rd Lieut....Halleck of the 6th hounded in Vicksburg was appointed Orderly. Dick Steele charge of 3rd Detachment, in which I am. We have a good company of 76 or 80 men, 110 when all are present (Men from both the First and Second Brigades of Bowen's old Division were placed in this company. They came from the 3rd and 5th Missouri Infantry regiments, the 3rd Missouri Battery, previously commanded by Captain William E. Dawson, Lowe's Battery, previous commanded by Lieutenant Thomas B. Catron, the 1st Missouri Cavalry (dismounted), previously commanded by Colonel Elijah Gates and the 3rd Missouri Cavalry Battalion (dismounted), previously commanded by Lieutenant Colonel D. Todd Samuels. O.R. Series 1, Volume XXIV, Part III, 705; O.R., Series 1. Volume XXIV, part II, 326; and U.S. Senate, Missouri Troups During the Civil War, 314-315.)

 

 
   
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