Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

Post image for Downing’s Civil War Diary.–Alexander G. Downing.

Downing’s Civil War Diary.–Alexander G. Downing.

July 12, 2013

Diary of Alexander G. Downing; Company E, Eleventh Iowa Infantry

Sunday, 12th—We started this morning at sunup and arrived at General Sherman’s headquarters at 10 o’clock. Two regiments of Sherman’s army came out to reinforce our train guard. They feared that the rebels’ cavalry would make a raid on the train before we could reach the main army. We arrived safely without losing a single wagon. Cannonading is going on quite lively from both sides. Good water is very scarce here, and the few wells and cisterns which we can draw upon are crowded all the time; I stood with two canteens for more than an hour waiting for my turn.

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