In Their Own Words
November 22, 1864
Fence Rails Used as Firewood
A Union Civil War soldier wrote in his diary of experiencing another very cold day, and using fencing to build fires against it.
“Ordered to march at 7.AM. but it was 10 before we left camp. Our Brigade had the rear of the Division - A very very cold [deleted: day ] morning and continues cold and windy throughout the day - We enjoyed a snow storm in Central Georgia this morning. Roads still very heavy - Pontoon train delayed us very much. Had to halt an hour three or four different times to allow them to get out of our way. & as it was very Cold, the fences along the road had to suffer. We passed the place where Genl. [General] Stoneman was captured last summer. It was the intention to reach Clinton today, but the “Pontoons” got stuck & froze in the mud and it was impossible to go any farther - So we had to halt and go in camp 3 mile from Clinton - It was nine oclock when we went in camp - very dark. ground frozen and very rough. …”