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Opening: 37 verso, 38 recto
Date(s) of entries: September 12 to 17, 1864
Author: Alfred Moore
Content: Diary

Number: MSN/CW 8010-1

Transcribed by: Rev. Andy Sebesta, c.s.c., and George Rugg 2010

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In camp — all quiet — Camped in Dinwiddie County Va. about 5 miles from Dinwiddie C.H. & about the same distance from Ream's Station on the Weldon & Petersburg Rail road.


Drew six days rations, preparatory for an expedition somewhere. Had horses shod up – and fixed up generally for a trip which would commence on the following day. Orders came late in evening to be ready to move by 11 Oclock on the 14th.


Saddled up at 10 oclock mounted & moved off at 11. Marched to the Nottoway river Sussex County distance 16 miles, arrived there late in evening. Camped there for the night. Drew fourty rounds of ammunition & received orders to be ready to move on the following morning at 6 oclock A. M. Weather clear & warm, roads very dusty.


Saddled at 4 oclock mounted & moved off at 5. Marched down & about parallel with the Nottoway river — in a North easterly direction — Crossed the Jeruselam plank road & the petersburg & Norfolk railroad — Marched 18 or 20 miles and encamped in Surrey County for the night — received orders to move at midnight.


Saddled up & resumed our march at 12 oclock in the night, our Brig. in front & 11th Regt in front of that — moved in a North westerly direction Marched about 14 or 15 miles & came upon an encampment of the enemy's Cav. at daybreak — which was charged by the 11th but owing to obstructions &c the regt was repulsed — the camp was carried by 7th dismounted & 12th mounted — this was the camp of one Regt. 1st District Yankee Cav. — A Mile farther on we came up to a Camp of two other Regts 11th & 13th Pa, who suddenly decamped leaving in our possession their encampment, second wagons, a good many, horses, mules, and quite a number of themselves prisoners besides about 2500 head of fine beef cattle, which they were guarding & herding there & and which was the object of our mission. Were attacked by the Enemy on our return on the plank road, but repulsed them Got all our captured property in side of our lines during the night. Went into our old camp at 12 oclock at night, making 24 hours in our saddles. Horse & man tired alike we threw ourselves upon the ground & reposed in safety until morning.

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