Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fun in the Sun

On July 10th, Captain Cox commented that it had been "remarkably warm today" and on the 11th he mentioned going into Athens on the back of a mule with fellow officers Lieutenants Byers (Company E) and Davis.*

Avery Byers, 2nd Lt., (E) resigned on June 15th the following year.  He was one of three brothers that served in the Seventeenth alongside his father and his brother-in-law.  He later joined the 35th Kentucky Mounted Infantry and rose to the rank of captain.**

Thomas D. Davis, 2nd. Lt .and Commissary officer of the Seventeenth resigned his commission in October, 1863.***  It was probably his association with Captain Cox that led to the entry for this day, July 12, 1862.

Nothing worthy of note.  Reported to Division Headquarters, three miles distant, for the purpose of drawing clothing, and on reaching said place, our presence was not required as we received a wrong order from COL Stout.  It was anything but pleasant to walk three miles in the warm sun on a dusty road.  Consequently he received many a prayer from each commissioned officer in the company.*

Lt.Col. Stout was Col. McHenry's second in command.

* Cox, Samuel K., Civil War Diary 1862-1865 of Captain Samuel Kennedy Cox, courtesy of Daviess County Public Library, Kentucky Room, unpublished manuscript, p.19.

** Blackburn, John,  A Hundred Miles, A Hundred Heartbreaks, 1972, self-published, LOC 72-93774, p.211.

*** Ibid, p.220

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