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Opening: 42 verso, 43 recto
Date(s) of entries: October 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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Everything moved towards the front to day. The infantry moved down the Valley Pike. Most of Cavalry moved on Middle & back roads. Rosser's Brig ordered to Columbia Furnice & 75 go into camp there for the night. I got permission to come by way of Mt Jackson. Spent a delightful evening. went over to see Miss Carrie, with whom I spent several very pleasant hours. Weather a little rainy to day but has cleared off nicely this evening late.


Continueud our advance to day Came upon the Yankees at Cedar Creek late in the evening, Skirmished with them until after night without any important result to either side. Fell back a few miles & went into camp late in night. 4th Squadron scouted by detail all night. We are now in Shenandoah Co Va Cedar Creek is dividing line between this Co & Frederick. Weather clear & remarkably cold for time of year


Saddled early this morning & went into line of battle, occupied the breast works constructed by Gen. Lomax on the left & opposite Fisher's Hill. Moved about 12 oclock 1 mile farther to the front, fixed up temporary breast works, dismounted & occupied them, until after night, when we went back & went into our camp for the night. Yankees started to advance this morning but did not come very far. A little picket fighting is all the fighting that has occured to day one man wounded in Regt. Weather clear & cool.


Moved out of camp before light this morning, took up the same position that we held yesterday. We are connected with Infantry Skirmish line on our right, our left extends some distance up the North Mountain, seems to be a strong position, will be able to tell more about it, if the Yankees should see fit to attack us here. Gen. Early in company with Gen. Rosser rode along the line this evening. Gen Early was warmly cheered throughout the Cavalry line. It is now late in evening we will perhaps go into same camp that we occupied last night. Weather cloudy & threatening.


Laid all day in breast works to day Made preparations for a move after night set in a new mode of warfare was introduced in the war programme This Brig. & Wickham's started on a raid taking with us a Brig. of Infantry, mounted up behind us, It was certainly a ludicrious sight to see the Infantry with their large knapsacks & long guns, mounted up behind Cavalry. We moved down the North Mountain, winding our way through the Mountains to avoid being detected by the Yankee pickets. We succeeded in getting in their rear without detection. Our mission was to surprise a yankee Cav. Division Just failed to find out their Camp their Camp in time.

We however found the picket & reserve which we captured consisted of about 30 Yankees. We got seperated & got to fighting among ourselves fortunately but few men were hurt before the mistake was found out & corrected, I got my pants cut by a ball about the knee, I captured a good horse Came back to camp late this morning after being in our saddles & marching all night. Weather clear & cool


Got & eat our breakfast, unsaddled horses, turned them out to graze which is all the feed the poor creatures are getting. Laid ourselves down, tired & sleepy, slept very nearly all day. Gen. Rosser sent after the horse I captured. went over to see him & try if he would not let me have him, but without success. He however gave me another in his stead our loss in last nights affair was two men wounded one mortally.
     Weather clear &#; cool

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