ones I have. Pants well worn. Sent a letter home. Another man shot near the dead-line. August 9.—About noon rained very hard, washed down part of the stockade, and wet us all. No rations. August 10.—Drew half rations bread and boiled beans. Could not eat the beans. Rained hard; in the afternoon drew some boiled beef with no bread. August 11 .—Drew beans, bread, and beef. August 13.—A very hot day. A great many have died within a few days. Fresh beef, beans, and corn-bread. August 15. —The fever is abating which has for a few days prevailed in the camp on the subject of exchange. I dread the idea of a winter campaign in this hole. Not so many deaths for the last two or three days. One has no idea of the sights in this place. Horrible! Men ought not to be kept in this state on any conditions. August 16.—Fine morning; had a fair night's sleep, but sweat in my sleep. August 17.—Bad night's sleep; washed my shirt and drawers before daylight. August 18.—Think of selling my pen and pencil for a pail to cook in; it is hard to part with it, but then I must look tomy health. August 19.—Very hot day. Stayed in my tent most of the day; very weak like the rest of the boys, can hardly carry a bucket of water. August 20.—For breakfast, beans, crust-coffee, corn-bread, fresh beef, and bacon. August 22.—Played chess. Some prisoners brought in, but not enough to equal the number of those that die. August 23.—Very hot. Some prisoners escaped last night. Drew some molasses yesterday. August 24.—Had a long talk on the chance for exchange; still hope for one this fall. August 25. —Hot day. Feel a little down-hearted once in a while. August 26.—Draw raw rations now; do not like it; have not wood enough, and nothing to cook the rations in. August 27.—Great excitement about exchange. All to be exchanged in two or three weeks. Wish it were true. August 28.—Draw beef in the morning, the rest of the rations in the afternoon.
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