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March 12th 1862 Wednesday

The boys and the Captain have had a big row about board bill. The boys all but 3 were in favor of him paying it. But the Captain owing to reasons that I will state was not willing to pay it. At first I thought he ought to pay it. But when Captain explained it to us non-coms I was perfectly satisfied that he was right. He claims that he has never received but $275 for our first suit of clothes while he gave his note for $675. So by that he has paid $400 for the company. The officers have went to boarding themselves to day. Tomorrow us non-coms have to go in to a tent by our selves. I am in a good bunk and am sorry I have to leave it. But I think it will not be long until we are divided again.

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March 7 - 13, 1862


Duncan A. Huling


A camp 3 miles south of Nashville, Tennessee


18th Ohio


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18th Regiment turns out 83 men for dress parade.

Paid $26 for 2 months of service.

Confederate Rangers capture Union horse "teams" and wagons - Cavalry is sent after them.

Cavalry takes all back except for 3 men and take 6 Rangers.

One member of the regiment goes AWOL.

Captain disputes board bill amount.

Half of provisions arrive spoiled.

Orders to march in 20 minutes are received.

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March 7th Friday

We have not drilled any today as our pay roll is being signed by the boys and the officers are busily making out the roll so we will not have to drill today. My pay will be $26.66 cents. This time they have kept back 34 cents of my pay and of over half the company, why it is done, I do not know. Neither does the Colonel but it does not make much difference as we will get it anyhow at the end of the year. This is a warm day, though last night was a freeze. We have been out on dress parade, our company turned out 83 men. After parade was over, we drilled a while in the manual of arms. I thought it the best drill I have been on for a long time. I believe I done better than I ever did before, but won’t brag.

March 8th 1862

Today we were paid off for two months and I received $26 as my wages for that time. Considerable excitement was manifested today by the news coming to camp that a company of the rangers had captured 25 of our teams and taken the wagoners prisoners. All the regiments in our brigade were called out except ours, we were kept back as a reserve but infantry could do nothing with mounted men. They went too fast for them so they returned to camp, leaving the cavalry of our forces to follow them and overtake them if possible

Sabbath, March 9th 1862

Our cavalry returned last after a chase of several miles - they overtook the rebels and took our teams back again and all the men but 3. Also capturing 6 of the rangers. So it was Tit for Tat. They took 3 of our men and we took 6 of theirs. All the difference there was, that we got a little more tat than they did. As today is Sabbath, we have no drill but we had our usual inspection and dress parade. Today has been a beautiful day, until this evening. Now it is raining. But I must close as it is too dark to see, Company A has but one man on the sick list to day. His name is Harvey.

Camp 3 miles South of Nashville

March 10th 1862

Today I have very little to write in fact nothing. So before I write enough to tell what some people call a big story, I will close for the day.






March 11th 1862

I am of the opinion that a young man in our company will get himself in to a difficulty. He left the camp on Sabbath morning and has not been seen since. If he does not return pretty soon he will be liable to a court marshal and is liable to be shot. The weather is warm today, we have been putting it through on the Skirmish drill. I am very tired I think I can sleep to night.

Camp 3 miles South of Nashville

March 13th 1862

The rain is pouring down this morning. I walked in water that was half mud. We have moved this morning to our tent, I have written a letter for Levi & today to Josh Ferneau. The boys in our company received 19 boxes and 2 barrels of provisions from Frankfort. They had been one month on the way more than half of it was spoiled. But I tell you we made what was good supper. George Roby was over yesterday we had a long talk. I answered Al’s letters to day. I was about to close but 4 o’clock I have another important item. We just received orders to march in 20 minutes. What is up I cannot say. A fight, I guess, as we are ordered to leave our knapsacks behind & take our blankets.

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