Thursday, July 5, 2012

Near Athens, July 5, 1862

The Seventeenth is pulling picket duty again on July 5th, 1862, but Captain Cox has no complaints.

Remained on Picket until 5 o'clock this afternoon, when we were relieved by a company of the 24th Ohio.  Have enjoyed ourselves remarkably, taking everything into consideration -- good water to drink and a fine creek to bathe in, and we have been fortunate to buy some marketing today from some farmers which we cannot do every day.  Report of McClellan is contradicted.*

Yesterday's rumor has been put to rest, as the clear-thinking captain had expected.  It was probably just a holiday prank that played on the hopes of the weary soldiers.  At least the gullible ones were happy for a day.

*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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