We all know the important roles horses and mules played during the Civil War. They were essential to the mobility of armies. They pulled artillery caissons, carried officers, served as couriers, and of course, transported the cavalry. 186 more words
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Saturday, April 22, 1865 cool and pleasant I went to the spring and done some washing also cut young pines and set them in rows in our Co streets we have now as nice a camp as there is any need of Rebs are getting very plenty around here coming from both Lees and Johnstons armies all appear anxious to get hold of a mule or horse and it seems to make but little difference how dilapidated the condition of the animal is so he can walk many of the boys in grey who a month ago were in arms against us are now daily loitering through our camps picking up old saddles or bits of harness fixing to work for their living
Thursday, April 13, 1865 reveillee at 2 ½ AM orders to march at five relieved from picket and report to reg before daylight march 17 miles move slow and roads bad till noon we lay still about two hours middle of the day and get dinner rain part of AM official order from Gen Sherman read confirming the report of yesterday, but no particulars the report is that Lee’s army is to be paroled we don’t like that part of the news it smacks to much of Vicksburg, but may be all right camp at sundown 16 miles south east of Raleigh the boys are all eager to press on after Johnston we think when we get him the thing is wound up
Finally, news arrived that Isaac and his fellow soldiers had been waiting for.
Wednesday, April 12, 1865 reveillee at day light with orders to move at 7 but as roads are bad do not get started till nine AM before we start get news said to be a dispatch from Gen Grant to Gen Sherman to the effect that Lee had surrendered his entire army to Gens Grant and Sheridan at Appomattox Court house on the 9th inst great rejoicing among our troops and if this is true we have cause for rejoicing roads very bad we are all day in getting 4 miles have all the road to corduroy camp at sundown I am detailed for picket as the night is warm we pass the time quite comfortably all highly elated over the good news which we think is true