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Reminiscences of the Civil War by William and Adelia Lyon.

September 16, 2013

Reminiscences of the Civil War, William and Adelia Lyon

Colonel Lyons.


Stevenson, Wednesday, Sept. 16.—I did not go to Larkinsville, as I expected to, for the reason that I learned that the regiment was ordered here. It arrived, except B and G, left to guard a bridge. The men gave me some rousing cheers and appeared very glad to see me.

We are in camp in a very pleasant spot, about one mile from the town. We have a clean place, and most excellent water. The men were very weary and footsore, of course, after their march of 275 miles, but in excellent spirits. This movement is a fine thing for us. Mrs. Moulton and Minerva rode in a carriage they picked up on the road, and got along first-rate. They brought along twice as many traps as I should had I been there. The march from Columbia was conducted under command of Colonel Boone, 28th Kentucky. I rank him and I shall have command of both regiments. General Morgan, of the Second Division Reserve Corps, is in command here, but as we belong to another division he does not assume very much jurisdiction over us.

I live in a tent, and nobody messes with me except Johnny, my orderly, although the Quartermaster will be here in a few days. Scott has received his commission as Adjutant, and is happy.

We hear nothing from the front, although we are so very near there. The country is very destitute, and we get little besides regular rations on which to live. We get along just as well as though we had more delicacies. I am very busy getting the regiment in shape.

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