breaking in platoons, loading by numbers and stacking arms. The men have grown rusty. The election held to decide who of the company should wear the ‘Badge of Honor’ for gallantry at Chancellorsville resulted in twelve votes each for Sergeant Wright and private Chappell. In drawing, the latter won, and his name was sent to General Lee. May 21. Officer of the guard for twenty-four hours. ‘Castle Thunder’ was the countersign at night. May 22. Lieutenant Rogers, of company ‘E’ relieved me from duty, and punished ‘as absent without leave’ by having him cut down stumps all day in camp lines. Heard of the death of Capt. Fitzgerald, of company ‘H.’ Bill G. came back after a six months absence without leave, and was placed under arrest. Bill Cooper had a substitute rejected. Ed. Mahone, of Auburn, brought on four Irishmen as substitutes. They are frauds and should not be accepted. Some, I feel sure, are deserters from other commands. May 23. Men spend the day in washing their clothes. Mahone, the substitute peddler, was arrested and carried to head quarters. He should be conscripted. Fifteen dollars handed to Colonel Pickens for monument to our gallant Colonel R. F. Jones, killed at the battle of Seven Pines. Private Rogers, of my company preached at night. May 24. A warm Sabbath. Heard Rev. Dr. Moses D. Hoge preach a fine sermon at ‘Camp Alabama.’ Lieutenant Wright came, and reported the loss of a pair of new boots sent me and a number of new novels. I am nearly barefooted and wanted something to read, so my regret may be imagined. May 25. Learned of death of private Joe Black from his wounds. May 26 and 27. Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. Goodgame returned to us, and was well received. Inspection of arms by ordnance officer. May 28. Lieutenant Wright sent in his resignation, approved by Dr. J. B. Kelly, assistant-surgeon. May 29. Grand review of Rodes' division by Generals R. E. Lee, A. P. Hill and R. E. Rodes. The day was warm, and we marched three miles to the reviewing grounds and stood several hours before getting properly aligned. After ‘Preparing for Review’ and ‘Passing in Review’ before General Rodes, General Lee arrived and we went through the same maneuvers before him. I commanded the fourth division of the regiment. May 30. Had a superb chicken stew for dinner. What a rare luxury for a soldier.
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War Diary of Capt. Robert Emory Park , Twelfth Alabama Regiment . January 28th , 1863 — January 27th , 1864 .
Charles Jones Colcock .
Fragments of war history relating to the coast defence of South Carolina , 1861 -‘ 65 , and the hasty preparations for the Battle of Honey Hill , November 30 , 1864 .
The Genesis of the fight at Honey Hill .
General J. E. B. Stuart .
The Battle of Milford Station .
The Battle and campaign of Gettysburg .
Historic tribute of Alabama women.
Pastor for fifty — three years —had served but the one Church—notable anniversary celebration.
Made a Mason late in life—an honor conferred upon him which no other man ever enjoyed.
General Joseph Wheeler .
They honor a former foe. [from the Richmond, Va. , times, Sunday , Feb'y 5 , 1899 .]
Pensioning of the Confederate soldier by the United States .
The Confederate cause and its defenders.
The Confederate cavalry .
The red Artillery.
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