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An Artilleryman’s Diary–Jenkin Lloyd Jones

September 27, 2013

An Artilleryman's Diary–Jenkin Lloyd Jones, 6th Battery, Wisconsin Artillery.

Memphis, Sunday, Sept. 27. Awoke to find us tied up at the wharf of Memphis with the “roustabouts” unloading the artillery as soon as possible, having arrived here at 4 A. M. The boat hands unloaded all the things without any assistance from us. Went to shore, cooked and ate our breakfast and then harnessed my team. Found George Benedict and H. Wheeler, B. Tutin and Wm. Dowden on board the “Eclipse” bound for Vicksburg to join the Battery, but they were glad to find us here. Moved up on the tableland. Came into “battery” where we stood two long hours in the sun waiting, but at last we moved out, passed through the streets of Memphis enveloped in a cloud of dust.

Seven months ago, a bright Sabbath morning, we marched through the same street to undertake a big job which we successfully achieved. 12 M. came into park on a very pretty knoll with fine shade trees a mile above town, the Wolf River a quarter of a mile to the front of us, 12th Battery to our left, and the 15th Army Corps came in late in the evening to our rear. Unharnessed and of course we were at home, no tents to bother with. What care we with God’s canopy spread over us and it don’t rain. Our destination is believed to be Rosecrans’s Army, take the rail to Corinth and thence by land. Osterhaus’s Division of 15th Army Corps is also coming. The flagship “Sultana” has arrived, at least so says dame rumor, and it is highly probable.

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