July 8. Left Camp Cooper, and arrived the same day at Wartrace, remaining in the above mentioned camp twenty-six days, without moving. Encamped for the night in Wartrace, guarding commissary or station all night; making a march of 8 miles.
July 9. Left Wartrace and arrived at Duck river the same day as guard for rail road bridges and fortifications there, and encamped for the night at Duck river bridge camp, making a march of 5 miles.
July 14. Left Camp Duck river and arrived the same day at Tullahoma and encamped for the night, making a march of 9 miles.
July 25. Left Tullahoma and marched to Manchester fair grounds, Coffee county, Tenn., and encamped for the night, making a march of 11 miles.
Aug. 10. Left Manchester camp and arrived at Tullahoma the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 12 miles.
Aug. 11. Left Tullahoma camp and arrived at Nashville the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 70 miles.
Aug. 12. Left Nashville camp and moved four miles out of town to camp, and was rallied the same day and slept all night on our arms, with sixty rounds of cartridges, in the town of Nashville, Tenn., making a march of four miles and four back again, making 8 miles.
Aug. 13. Left camp again and slept all night on our arms in Nashville, and encamped or changed camp the same day on College Hill, 1 1/2 miles out of town, making a march of 2 1/2 miles.
Aug. 16. Left Camp College Hill, or was rallied and sent to Gallatin, Summer county, Tenn., and slept on our arms all night, and the next morning our company was sent out to ascertain where company K, of the 79th Pa. Inf. was, as they were put on out-post picket in the night and could not be found in the morning. We found them on the Gallatin road, one mile from town; in the mean time orders came to right-about and march to camp again. On arriving there, orders had come to the regiment to right-about and march to College Hill again, leaving Co. D behind. So we lay over until the next day, and a train of cars came for us and we returned again to camp, making a march of 23 miles,
Aug. 17. Returned to camp, making a march of 13 miles, remaining in this camp four days.
Aug. 21. Left Camp College Hill on a rally from Nashville to the junction of the L.. R. & G. railroad and returned to Nashville the same day, and was ordered right back the same night, making a march of 30 miles.
Aug. 22. Left as an escort for General Nelson to Franklin, Tenn., from camp at the junction of the L..R. & F. railroad, and encamped at Tire Spring for the night, making a march of 12 miles.
Aug. 23. Left Tire Spring camp and arrived at Drakes mill, Franklin, the same day, and encamped for the night, having fulfilled our escort, making a march of 22 miles.
Aug. 24. Left Drakes mill camp and arrived the same day in Franklin, and encamped for the night, making a march of 2 miles.
Aug. 25. Left Franklin camp and arrived at the tunnel of the Louisville & Nashville R. R. the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 22 miles.
Aug. 26. Left the Tunnel camp and arrived at Gallatin on the same day, driving General Morgan and his forces out of the above named town, killing one of the rebel pickets because he would not halt when ordered by one of our number, and took possession of the town for the night, making a march of 7 miles.
Aug. 27. Left Gallatin and returned to our old camp on College Hill, Nashville, making another grand circle the same day, a march of 26 miles.
Aug. 28. Left Camp College Hill on the night of the 27th on a rally of double-quick for Columbia. Lay there all night and the 28th in battle line, making a march of 45 miles.
Aug. 29. Left Columbia camp; the half of our regiment coming from Pulaski, 35 miles of a march, and returned to camp the same day, and encamped for the night, making another march this same day of 45 miles.
Sept. 4. Left Camp College Hill again and arrived at Goodlettsville on the 5th and took breakfast, making a march of 12 miles.
Sept 5. Left Goodlettsville and arrived at Tire Spring camp, making the third time in this camp and our third march and counter-march over this ground, and encamped for the night, making a march of 9 1/2 miles.
Sept. 6. Left Camp Tire Spring and arrived the same day at Franklin and encamped for the night, making a march of 22 miles.
Sept. 7. Left Franklin camp, and arrived the same day at Bowling Green, encamping for the night, making a march of 21 miles.
Sept. 8. Left Bowling Green camp and changed camp near Big Barren river the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 3 miles.
Sept. 12. Left Big Barren river camp and changed camp to the centre of Bowling Green the same day, remaining four days in the above mentioned camp, making a march of 1 1/2 miles.
Sept. 16. Left Bowling Green camp and got to the Great Cave Spring the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 4 miles.
Sept. 17. Left the Great Cave Spring camp and arrived the same day at Robin hood, near the Dripping Springs, making a march of 18 miles.
Sept. 18. Left Dripping Springs camp and arrived at Deaumont Knob the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 18 miles.
Sept. 19. Left Deaumont Knob camp and arrived at Bells Knob the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 5 miles. Was rallied and fell into line of battle, and had a skirmish with the enemy, losing four men on our side, but we succeeded in routing them the same day.
Sept. 20. Left Bells Knob camp and marched to Glasgow, Union county, Tenn., the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 24 miles.
Sept. 21. Left Glasgow camp and arrived at Green river the same day, and fatigued and tired, laid down for the night in camp, making a march of 25 miles. On arriving in this camp the Green river bridge, which is thrown across that stream, with four piers, one hundred and fifty five feet from low-water mark, was on fire and falling, having been fired by the rebels on their retreat while we were following them up, and all the pontoon flats of a bridge thrown across said stream burned to the waters edge, to save their retreat.
Sept. 22. Left Green river camp end marched to Nolin the same day, making a march of 22 miles.
Sept. 23. Left Nolin camp and marched to Mulgrove Valley the same day, and encamped for thc night, making a march of 25 miles.
Sept. 26. Left Nolin camp and marched to Louisville, Ky., on the morning of the 27th, and encamped in the town for three days to rest and recruit and get four months pay, and draw clothing, making a march of 31 miles. Being the second time we encamped in Louisville.
Oct. 1. Left Louisville camp and marched to South Fork, and encamped for the night, making a march of 20 miles.
Oct. 2. Left South Fork camp, marched to Taylorsville, and went three miles out on picket the same night, making a march of 23 miles.
Oct. 4. Left Taylorsville camp, remaining the 3d on picket and marched the 4th to Bloomington, and encamped for the night, making a march of 10 miles.
Oct. 6. Left Bloomington and marched over Chaplin creek on the hill the same day, having remained in the above mentioned camp two days, and encamped for the night, making a march of 11 miles.
Oct. 7. Left Chaplin creek camp and marched to McMinnville, Ky., the same day, and encamped for the night, making a march of 15 miles.
Oct. 8. Left McMinnville camp in the morning, the colonel telling us, "Boys, you have longed to meet the enemy on the battle-field, and you will have a chance to-day, or do without water, as the enemy holds the spring that we will have to encamp at." The shout went up from every son of Uncle Sams family "A fight and water we will have." The cannons were already booming, and had been all night, so at fifteen minutes past two oclock we became engaged, and in one hour and three-quarters we lost two hundred and eleven men out of our regiment (the 79th Pa. Vol. Infantry). We went into the fight with forty-three men in our company (D) and came out with eighteen, having had twenty-five wounded and killed; two killed dead and two dying the next day. I myself was unfortunate enough to be shot through the left leg, about two inches below the knee, the ball glancing off the bone and passing through and out at the fleshy part or calf of the leg, injuring the muscle so that I was unfit for fight, and was sent to the rear after the fifteenth fire. This is my first and last wound received in the battle of Chaplin Hill or Chaplin Heights, so called, and fought on the 8th day of October, 1862, in Boyle county, Ky. Making a march of 8 miles.
Oct. 9. Was hauled from off the battle-ground in an ambulance wagon at half past two in the morning, for fear of the enemy opening fire on our hospital or old house in which we remained all night from the day of the fight; having our batteries planted close by, if another engagement would ensue, they would draw the enemys fire on our building. So we, four in number, were hauled five miles this morning to Antioch church, Boyle county, and thrown out in a pile like wood, for they had been removing wounded off the battle-ground all night until the church was perfectly filled, and under every shade tree nigh at hand. I rolled over and over, as I was so disabled that I could not walk, until I got to a fence, and with loss of blood and pain and fatigue, became sleepy in a short time after; being left in this condition, I went to sleep and slept until after the sun was up, and on awaking I found myself completely tight against the above mentioned fence, on account of another wounded soldier dying while I was asleep. with his feet tight down the hill against me and his head up the hill, the ground being somewhat rolling. I called to a citizen close by, that had come to see the wounded soldiers, to come to me and remove the dead man, that I might help myself up by the fence. He removed the person. and throwed a blanket over the body to protect it until better attended to. I lav for six days out under a white oak tree, with my wound dressed once. Making a march of 5 miles.
Oct. 15. Left or was taken from Antioch church to Perryville to a hospital fitted up for our reception. The first time away from my regiment and company from the time I left for the seat of war, or the first roll-call missed, or stacking of arms, or march missed for over a year; and was well eared for in this hospital by the surgeon in charge of us wounded Union soldiers. We were well supplied with food calculated to suit our weak and delicate appetites, from the Union citizens, women and men, of Boyle county, and got along as well as could be expected for the time of our stay in this hospital, remaining eight days in it. Making a march of 6 miles.
Oct. 23. Left Perryville. Orders came for us to be removed to Lebanon hospital; so the same day we were shipped aboard our army wagon train and arrived in Lebanon about 4 oclock in the evening, and were happily received and met by our General Starkweather, who came to see us for the first time from the fight, and sympathized with us for our wounds, and thanked us kindly for our good behavior in the battle. This will show that we remained in the hospital above mentioned eight days. and in this one four days. Making a march of 20 miles.
Oct. 27. Left Lebanon hospital, or was ordered to be sent to Louisville No. 12 hospital, and arrived there the same evening, and was conveyed to the hospital and well cared for. Making a march of 84 miles.
Nov. 6. Left Louisville, and was sent by orders to New Albany, Indiana, hospital No. 6, and a nice place too and well cared for, remaining nine days in this hospital, and making a march of 4 miles.
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