Friday, July 27, 2012

Reynolds' Station

Editor's Note:  Unfortunately, Captain Samuel K.Cox today penned his last diary entry for this period.  He will not write again until September 30, 1863 and provides no explanation for the interruption.  Perhaps the excitement of the soldier's life has diminished to the point where he no longer feels that anyone could possibly be interested. 

As the blue tide slowly encroaches upon the Nashville area, following the railway and turnpike from Athens, Alabama, the Seventeenth has checked out of the Pulaski Hotel and now find themselves at the busy rail junction between Pulaski and Columbia.  When the road is in good repair, supplies and civilian trains are moving through this critical depot twenty-four hours a day.  It must have been quite a shock after their relatively peaceful duty on the court square.

Captain Cox makes the following entry in his diary on the evening of July 27th, 1862.

We are now at Reynolds Station, 8 miles from Pulaski.  We came here one night last week. Nothing of importance has occurred since Sunday last, except we were alarmed once at Pulaski, and had the long roll beaten.  It turned out to be a false alarm.  Brink Neal passed down from the 11th Kentucky and also cousin Bob Cox from the 27th Kentucky.  Wrote to F. M. Allison today.*

In the upcoming months, the Seventeenth will be marching with Buell in his "Pursuit" of Bragg, from middle Tennessee to Louisville.

*Cox, Samuel K., Civil War Diary 1862-1865 of Captain Samuel Kennedy Cox, courtesy of Daviess County Public Library, Kentucky Room archives, p.21

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