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Thomas J. Barb Diary

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Opening: 8 verso, 9 recto
Date(s) of entries: July 24 to 27, 1863
Author: Thomas Jacob Barb
Content: Diary

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and brought us letters I have been on guard all day

Thursday 23rd Mr Maxfield started for home this morning we all wrote by him, But was able to get into camp's to day but went back to the house again

Friday 24th our mess all built them some bedsteads to day and put an arbor over them which made it very nice and cool. Mike Roach come down from home to day say's some of the people is leaving Batesville, our mess went out and got a mess of roastingears today. it is the first mess

Saturday 25th This morning Abe Weaver [i.e., Private Abe Weaver, Co. A, 46th (Crabtree's) Arkansas Cavalry] was put under guard for beating his horse. all of the mess is gone but me today.


Abe was bucked this evening because he would not dig a stump

Sunday 26th I am on guard to day. news come in to day that Johnson [i.e., Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston] whiped Grant in Mississippi and that Lee has taken Washington city

Monday 27th this morning we was taken on suprise by moveing, our company was ordered to cook and get ready to leave in 2 hours, we got 2 day's rations cooked up and left for Bayou Deview we got 7 miles east of cotton plant about 12,o,clock in the night put out pickets and went to sleep at Mr Moore's place

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