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confederate army, which accounted for the stubborn In this encounter the Seventh Kansas
lost one man killed and two wounded.
The entire command now forms a junction, and with our prisoners we move on about eight miles and go into camp for the night. It soon commences to rain, threatening to be a dark dreary night for the soldier, for of course we have no shelter.
Thursday, October 1st, 1863.—It is still raining this morning and in lieu of dust we have mud. We are now fifty miles from Corinth, whither the advance is headed. We arrive at Purdy at 2 P. M., where we find Captain Clark with Company "D" barricaded in the old court house, where they had been sent yesterday with an ambulance and some sick soldiers. Captain Clark informs us that he was attacked by the guerrillas, but by determined resistance stood the ground against twice his number. Being well protected no casualties occurred. We halt in the outskirts of the town and feed, after which we proceed on our way towards Corinth. Arrive in camp 10 P. M., very much worn by the hard day's ride.
Friday, 2nd.—This morning the bugle fails to arouse the Seventh. The sun's rays have long been shining through the crevices in the barracks ere they awake, but by and by the stern orders come and the Seventh is brought forth. The prisoners (some forty in number) having been safely guarded in our oats house, are to-day reported and turned over to the Provost Marshal. The boys are busily engaged this evening cleaning up their guns preparatory to another scout.
Saturday, 3d.-Last night some guerrillas made a demonstration on the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, burning a bridge between Chewalla, Tenn., and Corinth. In the evening we receive marching orders with camp and garrison equipage, destination Chewalla, to relieve the Eighteenth Missouri, now stationed there guarding the railroad.
Sunday, 4th.-This morning at seven A. M., we leave our old camp at Corinth, with all our camp and garrison equipage. The Seventh, as they move through Corinth with their knapsacks strapped to their mules, and with their long train of pack mules, look very much like an immense caravan starting on a pilgrimage. After about three hours ride we arrive at Chewalla, finding fine quarters and fine grounds, &c. The Eighteenth Missouri are now leaving, and as fast as they vacate we take possession. This evening the men are busy cleaning up and arranging their quarters
Friday, 9th.-The swamps and bottoms along the Tuscumbia and the Hatchie rivers are now being thoroughly scouted. The guerrillas are finding their favorite haunts hot quarters. Go in whatever direc tion we may, and scouting parties from the Seventh can be seen.
Saturday, 10th.-This morning Captain Ring proceeds with a detachment on a scout towards the Hatchie river, but nothing hostile being discovered, he returns in the evening.
Friday, 16th.—A brigade of infantry pass through Chewalla on their way from Vicksburg to Corinth. They look as though they had seen hard service down
on the Yazoo. This evening the order comes for five companies to report back to Corinth.
Saturday, 17th.-This morning companies A, B, C, D and E, proceed on their way to Corinth, companies F, G, H, I and K, remaining at Chewalla. Troops from Vicksburg keep passing through Chewalla all day on their way to Corinth.
October 19th.-To-day the cheering news comes to the army that Ohio's arch traitor has been defeated by 100 000 majority. Well done Ohio! The Illinois boys send greeting to your soldiers who fought the battle at the ballot box, gaining as important a victory over treason as has been gained on any of the great battle fields. This news carries cheer to every soldier's heart in the tented field.
Wednesday, October 21st.-Last night Captain Johnson with part of the command started on a scouting expedition-has not returned yet. This evening he returns, after giving the notorious guerrilla, Captain Smith, a chase, capturing six of his horses, but owing to the dense undergrowth of the woods, Smith and his band made good their escape.
Saturday, 24th.-This morning our detachment leaves Chewalla with their camp and garrison equipage for Corinth. We again go into our old quarters, which we now denominate our "old homestead." The arrival and moving of troops seem to instil new life into Corinth. The indications are that some aggressive movement is contemplated.
General Sherman's command-Marching orders-Camp at Jacinto -Camp at Iuka-Payment of the Regiment-On Picket-Foraging-Troops leaving Juka-Standing in the rain-March to Eastport-Crossing the Tennessee-Camp on the hill side-The Regiment divided into detatchments-Baily Springs-Sergeant Hackney whipped by a woman-The Seventh on the left flank -The wild rocky country-Arrival at Pulaski, Tennessee-The trip to Columbia, Tenn.-Return to Pulaski-Trip to Corinth after the division, camp and garrison equipage-Encountering Roddy and Johnson-Camp at Waterloo-Camp at Hamburg Landing-Companies sent to Corinth-Returning to Pulaski, Tenn.-Fray at Waynesboro with the Fifth Tennesssee Union Cavalry-Arrival at Pulaski-Lieutenant Robert's trip to Eastport, Tennessee River-His narrow escape, and safe return to Pulaski The expedition to Lawrenceburg-The loyal ladies of the South-The Veteran propositions-The pulse of the Seventh-Re-enlistment-The cry for the mustering officer-His arrival--The Regiment mustered as Veterans.
Gen. Sherman's command for the last week has been thronging Corinth, and moving on towards Iuka. Marching orders is now the cry in camp. Four o'clock P. м. we are in the saddle with three days' rations. General Dodge's entire command is now in motion. Our regiment moves on the road leading through Jacinto, Mississippi, to Iuka. Nine o'clock in the evening we go into camp at Jacinto.
Monday, 26th.-This morning at two o'clock the bugle's blast is heard and soon the regiment is moving towards Iuka. At daylight we come to a halt one and a half miles from Iuka where we tie up and feed,
after which Colonel Rowett proceeds with the regiment to luka, and reports to General Sherman. Companies A, B, C, D, E, G and K, go into camp in the woods west of Iuka. Companies H, I and F, under the command of Captain Johnson, pass through Iuka and go into camp as an out-post, on the road leading south.
Wednesday, 28th.-Rumor has it that the regiment will be paid off to-day, and for once rumor proves correct. Captain Johnson receives orders to report with his detachment to regimental headquarters. the afternoon the regiment is paid.
Thursday, 29th.-To-day the sullen roar of artillery is heard in the front, towards the Tennessee river. The troops are soon in motion. Sherman and staff are now leaving Iuka for the advance; the conjectures are that a storm is brewing down by the Tennessee. Sherman is now moving with his army to form a junction with General Rosecrans, and the probabilities are that Bragg will attempt to check him.
Friday, October 30th.-This morning a portion of the Regiment is placed on picket duty. It is now raining. The winds blow coldly. The day is waning. A dismal night is approaching. Amid the falling elements, chilly and drear, the Seventh boys are now standing, but all seem in fine spirits. "Their hearts beat high," "And they heed not the wild wind's wailing cry." About midnight some of of Colonel Spencer's First Alabama Union regiment arrive at our lines-a sergeant and four privates, who