[Former Chapter 16:]  Just a teaser from Uncle Hiram R A McCorkle's journals, this part written during the Civil War --An excerpt from Uncle Hiram R A McCorkle's Journal during the Civil War.  I haven't corrected his spelling or grammar. He usually spelled "stopped" as "stoped" and "until" as "untill."

March the 14th      We left for Paducah      Nothing of importance transpiring on the route      I got to Trenton Tenn the 22nd and staid at William Goodloes until the 23rd about dark           after we left Trenton we traveled day and night except a few hours just before day to feed and rest  little until we got to Paducah

25th  Attacked the Yanks in Paducah by surprise          drove them into the fort and kept them there all day  The Rebs got a great many goods and some horses     We camped a few miles of the town  All quiet

26th  We moved back towards Trenton             nothing of note happening untill I arrived at home which I did on the 29th day of March      I staid at home until the 7th of April when I went to camp at Eaton [the earliest settlement in Gibson County, Tennessee; on the Forked (forky) Deer river]          The brigade left Eaton the 10th for Ft. Pillow

I and Lewis Ridley were sent to Trenton with William [Cowan?] and Abner [Cowan?].   [illegible word ] [Abner?] got away from us

Fort Pillow was taken the 12th.  I and Ridley arrived there in a short time after the fort was taken       camped near the fort until the 13th when we left.  Camped at Brownsville the 14th. 

15th     I and Capt Hibbits staid all night with Mr Taylor between Brownsville and Somerville [Tennessee]

16th    We camped at Somerville  La grainge [LaGrange in southern Tennessee, east of Memphis]

17    At Lagrange  Holly Springs [Mississippi]

18th    At Holly Springs   Lagrange     I staid a [sentence not finished, but I would bet he stayed with William Scott's family in Hardeman County near Saulsbury near LaGrange; after the war, Hiram's brother John Edwin McCorkle was to marry Tennie, a dau. of William Scott & Nancy Edwards Wellborn Scott.  William Scott had removed from the Yorkville-Newbern area down to Hardeman county circa 1835.  William Scott's parents, James Scott (1777-1853) & Sarah Dickey Scott (1777-1838) had removed from York District, SC, to the area of Yorkville-Newbern, living out their final days on the Dyer County side of the Gibson-Dyer County Line.]

19th    At Lagrange   Somerville

20th    At Somerville or near Mr. W. Ballards

21st    near Ballards  at Lanefield

22nd    at Dyersburg, staid at Dyersburg until the 29th    the brigade moved up near Trenton the 29th

[In civil war times the basic unit was a regiment, composed of 500 to 1000 men and commanded by a colonel.  Generally 4 or 5 regiments combined to form a brigade, commanded by a brigadier general (one-star).  A brigade, the basic attack unit in Civil War times, comprised anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 men.  Putting about 5 brigades together made a Division, commanded by a major general (a two-star officer).  Two or three divisions combined to make a corps. The Army of Northern Virginia at the height of the war had 3 corps.]   [The CSA just didn't have the capability of keeping its soldiers fed. So, the men scattered out, foraging as they could.]

30th    I left home and followed on to Spring Creek and stopped at Edgar Johnson    Rained considerably in the evening.

May 1st    I caught up with the Brigade near Jackson    We went through Jackson and took up our line of march for Dixie    We camped in Corinth [Mississippi]     the 3rd of May in {?Rienza? Brenza?}

the 4th    Baldwin

the 5th    & Tupelo

the 6th    cornfield near Harrisburg 4 miles west of Tupelo untill the 16th of May

16th  Left Tupelo for Corinth      arrived there the 17th and camped there until the 23rd the day the Infantry soldiers were mounted   we then started south again and camped at Brownsville

24th  We arrived at Tupelo and camped in town one night and then moved out to [?]Mathises[?] (about 3 miles) and staid there untill the 1st of June

[June] 1st    We started to Middle Tennessee and moved up into Alabama between Big and Little Bear Creeks  when we countermarched and arrived at Tupelo the 4th and staid there until the 7th

7th    We started out to hunt Yanks again    camped near Baldwin

8th    Camped part of the night near Burrville [Bunnville?  Gunville?  perchance Guntown, Mississippi?] and part of the night near at Black country    H C McCorkle and J T Everett killed          [Uncle Hiram does not even record that Clay McCorkle, a son of Jehiel Morrison McCorkle & Elizabeth Smith McCorkle, was his first cousin.]

9th  Moved up to Rivnza [?Rivnza? Tyronza? Tironza?]

10th    Battle at Brice's Cross Roads [a.k.a. Battle of Guntown, Mississippi]

11th  Run [ran] the Feds all day    I was in sight of Salem when we met Col. [Tyree Harris] Bell coming back

12th    We returned to camp on the battle field and meandered the the [sic.] 13th.

14th    We moved to Guntown on M & O R.R.

19th    Moved to Saltillo Station

21st    To Tupelo and remained there until the 8th of July.  We then moved to Ellistown.  We left Ellistown the 9th about dark & traveled all night in the direction of Pontotoc    Stoped [sic] about day light on the 10th in two miles of Pontotoc  Slept 11/2 hours and started towards Ocolona [Okolona?]    warm day

10th    Traveled all day and untill midnight and stoped in Ocolona

11th    Moved two miles south of Ocolona

12th    Left camp about 4 o'clock PM and traveled nearly all night   stoped awhile in an old field and slept a little

13th  We started on and got in a few miles of Pontotoc and then turned towards Tupelo     met with and fought the enemy in 5 miles of Tupelo  We fell back and camped untill morning.

14th  Battle at Harrisburg   Rebs repulsed and with heavy loss

15th  Still skirmishing with the enemy untill noon when it was ascertained with certainly that the enemy was retreating  They retreated 4 miles and ambushed our command and drove them back in confusion

16th  The enemy still falling back towards Memphis Our Brigade went into camp near Tupelo and remained there until the 18th

18th  We moved to [Sharon? Sherman? Shanon?] Station

19th  Moved to Pikeville

20th  We moved 4 miles west of Pikeville to McIntosh and Bowens farms

28th  We moved up to Shanon Station and stoped there untill the 7th of August, about two weeks or more than that and then we went over to Oxford.  Battle of Hurricane Creek was fought the 13th of August.  Rebs repulsed.  We staid around Oxford until the 18th of August

August 18th  We left for Memphis in the evening and traveled nearly all night   It rained all night    stoped near Panola

19th  Still raining     crossed the river and stoped at Senatobia late in the night

24th  We started to Springdale

25th  Arrived   do + do  [could he mean "duty officer?"]  Staid there two days and 3 nights --the 28th--and moved up to Oxford   camped there a few days and moved over to Varona [?Verona?] Station on the M&O R.R. and remained there untill the 16th of September.  We camped one night at Lafayett[e] Springs and one at Pontotoc

Sept 16th  We started for Middle Tennessee   passed through north Alabama and struck the M&O R.R. at Cherokee Station   Left Cherokee the 21st   forded Tennessee river at Colbert Shoals the same day and camped near Florence Alabama

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