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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 26. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), War Diary of Capt. Robert Emory Park, Twelfth Alabama Regiment. January 28th, 1863January 27th, 1864. (search)
d joked in excellent humor. The imperturbable humor, the wit and jollity of a Southern soldier, cannot be overcome by any discomfort, neither, heat, nor cold, bleak winds nor roasting sunshine, sickness nor sorrow. After finishing our share of the work we dried our dripping wet clothes, erected our Yankee tents, which we had captured, and slept soundly and comfortably on the bare, cold, wet ground until morning. We were 22 miles from Catlett's Station, on Alexandria and Orange R. R. October 17. Major Proskauer, of 12th Alabama, with half of each company, six commissioned and several non-commissioned officers, was sent down the railroad towards Warrenton Junction, to destroy more of the road. I was one of the party. Late in the afternoon the rest of the regiment joined us. October 18. At 4 o'clock resumed our march, the 12th Alabama in front of the brigade, and company F in front of the regiment. Soon passed Bealeton, which the enemy had destroyed by fire. What a cruel si