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Opening: 51 verso, 52 recto
Date(s) of entries: December 17 to 22, 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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After feeding & resting this morning from four to seven oclock, resumed our march. Roads very rough which caused us to move very slowly. Came out on Valley pike at Woodstock Arrived at Mt. Jackson late in evening, without any difficulty with the Yankees. Horses, Mules & ourselves very tired. Weather clear & cold.


As we had got some distance inside our lines, I thought it would be practicable to lay over & rest a day or two which we did. Spent the day with ladies across the way from Mt. Jackson, had a pleasant time. Weather rainy


Laid over again to day Spent the day, helping Mr Billings to kill a beef & patridge hunting together. Had better luck this time than I did the last, killed five. Went over to see the ladies again to night, Spent a pleasant evening Weather cloudy & a little rainy


Aroused early this morning by an alarm from Yankees. Reported that a force of Yankee Cavalry camped last night at Woodstock on their way up the Valley. Started the ambulance off with wounded man by sun rise. Remained myself near Mt. Jackson until Yankee Column charged into the place, which was about 9 oclock AM. Retired slowly ahead of yankees all day, Took up lodgings for night above Harrisonburg.


Gen Rosser, with his old Brigade & Pain's [i.e., Payne's] passed last night on their way to meet the Yankees, who went into Camp last night near Lacy's [sp. Lacey's] Springs Rosser attacked them in their camps about light this morning with some success, Capturing about forty of them with a Lieut. Col, besides killing several of them. After the attack, Yankees retired, Rosser did not pursue on account of horses being in bad condition, Command came back to Harrisonburg went into camp. I joined Command here.


Command moved out this morning enroute for camp, which is near Swope's Depot on Central railroad seven miles west of Staunton Marched all day, got to camp after night, Weather bitter cold roads so slippry & horses so smoothe that it is almost impossible for horses to stand up

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