Greetings readers, and happy autumn to you all! We're back again with 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.
September 1864 was bookended by two major events: the takeovers of Atlanta, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia, by the Union Army, both of which Parry noted in his diary. As he also noted, his regiment was among the first to step into the newly-captured Atlanta. Besides that excitement, this was a routine month that Parry spent mostly in Georgia. He put in a lot of quality time with his horse, Rosencrans, who was featured in several entries. By the end of the month, Parry was once again on the march.
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.
Friday, September 2
Scouting Party went out and James
Collins was Killed by Rebel Shot[.]
Our forces this morning too posses-
sion of Atlanta, Our Regt. some
of the first in the place. rode
out to Pike Mountain in the afternoon
and wrote a Letter to Albert [illegible]
Thursday, September 8
Wrote a Letter to Sallie Lukens
Rode into the City[,] saw the Guns
And ruins of five ammunition
Trains burnt by the Rebels[.]
Army Cummberland moved into
and around the City. Saw Wm. Fetter
Fred Davis got
Drunk and very abusive[.]
Monday, September 12
Moved out at Light[,] marched
to few miles N. E. of Decatur
and camped after a hard Days
march in a Pine woods.
nice but Dusty Day – orders
so reported to dismount the
7th Penna Cavalry[.]
Wednesday, September 21
Fixed up our Quarters [in Roseville, GA][,] Rosen-
crans went out in country and
got a fine lot of Potatoes and
Got some medicine of
4th Mich. Cavalry
twenty Rebels came in Deserters
Rainy and Disagreeable
Tuesday, September 27
Moved camp and put up tent
Some words with Jobson and
A few words about Rowling
Mules with Lt. Rank
Got a Hog and about one bushel
Of Potatoes[.] a splendid Day.