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October, 1863. October, 1 Have been trying to persuade myself that I am unwell enough to ask for a leave, but it will not work. The moment after I come to the conclusion that I am really sick, and can not stand it longer, I begin to feel better. The very thought of getting home, and seeing wife and children, cures me at once. October, 3 The two armies are lying face to face. The Federal and Confederate sentinels walk their beats in sight of each other. The quarters of the rebel generals may be seen from our camps with the naked eye. The tents of their troops dot the hillsides. To-night we see their signal lights off to the right on the summit of Lookout mountain, and off to the left on the knobs of Mission ridge. Their long lines of camp fires almost encompass us. But the camp fires of the Army of the Cumberland are burning also. Bruised and torn by a two days unequal contest, its flags are still up, and its men still unwhipped. It has taken its position here, an
October, 1863. October, 1 Have been trying to persuade myself that I am unwell enough to ask for a leave, but it will not work. The
f getting home, and seeing wife and children, cures me at once.
The two armies are lying face to face.
The Federal and Conf mauga, and a fear is entertained that he may have been wounded.
This is a pleasant October morning, rather windy and cool, bOctober morning, rather windy and cool, but not at all uncomfortable.
The bands are mingling with the autumn breezes such martial airs as are common in camps, with now and then a s the simple word Burnside, sometimes adding, O yes, we know him.
The enemy opened on us, at 11 A. M., from batteries located , you d-d fool, you see what you get by leaving your door open.
The enemy unusually silent.
Visited the picOctober, 7
Visited the picket line this afternoon.
A rebel line officer came to within a few rods of our picket station, to exchange papers, and stood and chatted for