Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Athens, Alabama, July 3, 1862

Yet another day in camp near Athens, and Nelson's Brigade remains stationary.  Captain Cox writes:

"Nothing of importance today.  I finished my rolls this morning, and this afternoon played a game of draw and won $45.00.  There will be a grand review tomorrow, July 4, 1862."*

We can assume the daily routine is similar to their camp in Cloud Field at Pittsburg Landing, pulling picket duty, maintaing equipment and company drills. Now, with fresh running water in abundant supply, it was an important time for recovery and tending their aching feet.  Whatever their next destination, it is likely to be a long march from here.

*Cox, Samuel K., Civil War Diary 1862-1865 of Captain Samuel Kennedy Cox, courtesy of Daviess County Public Library, Kentucky Room, archived manuscript, p.18.

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