Greetings! Thanks for coming back for more transcribed entries from the George F. Parry Civil War diaries (George F. Parry family volumes, Collection 3694). If you're just joining us, in 2012 HSP acquired the diaries of Bucks County resident and Civil War veterinary surgeon George F. Parry. In that collection are three diaries he kept during the Civil War dating from 1863 to 1865, when he served with the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry. In celebration of Parry's work and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, I'm providing monthly posts on Fondly, PA of transcripts of entries from his diaries.
To see other posts in the series, check out the links over on the right-hand side of this page. Clicking on the diary images will take you to our Digital Library where you can examine the volumes page by page, along with other digitized items from the Parry collection.
With the war over, things were winding down for Parry and his regiment. At the beginning of the month, he remained in Georgia, in a camp outside of Macon. And, as he noted in several entries, it was a hot, hot summer. It seems that Parry caught some sort of illness that led him to an extended hospital stay. At the end of the month, he was moved north, based on orders from command, with other sick soldiers. Parry ended up in Cumberland Hospital, a volunteer organization, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Notes about the transcriptions: I've kept the pattern of Parry's writings as close as formatting here will allow, including his line breaks and spacing. My own additional or clarifying notes will be in brackets [ ]. Any grammatical hiccups that aren’t noted as such are Parry's own.
Thursday, July 7
An excessive Hot Day[.] So Hot
Turpentine run out of Pine trees
(Row?) some sick with
Flies very bad and almost
Hell on Earth[.] 'So Hot' and so
Thursday, July 13
Dressed up[,] rode into Macon
called on Major Greens[,] got a
pass to go at will. also got
$1400.00 in Confederate Money.
Had a nice time. [midling?] well to
Wednesday, July 19
Very busy all Day[.] moved camp
to what was [a] building for the
Grand Confederate Armory. works
of Magnitude and beauty. Now
the property of the U. S. Gov't.
Paper to Edward Buckman.
Monday, July 24
Very Sick with Fever[.] Called
the Dr.['s] attention to things and
was sent to the Ocomulgee [Ocmulgee]
Hospital. Examined by Dr.[,] placed
under treatment. changed my
suite for a Hospital one. Slept
till four O'clock when the orders
came to send all sick to Hospital
train to go north. placed in a
splendid car on a very easy bed
hung on rubber. All night in cars.
Thursday, July 27
Left Huntsville in evening and
travelled all night. Had rain
during night. passed through many
small towns and arrived at
Columbia at day light and at
Nashville. Transferred by Ambulance
to splendid Hospital. Cumberland
Friday, July 28
In Hospital[,] lost Day some
Suffering from Piles[,]
weak Kidneys & Inflammation