December 9th, 1864 diary entry by 63rd Indiana officer in Nashville

. . . it is cold, raining, snowing, sleeting . . . we are in shelter tents, no wood and nothing to make ourselves comfortable . . . the poor half-clad creatures [Confederates] out a couple of miles must suffer with the cold, for they have no gum blankets nor plenty of good clothing as we do.

There was a rumor just now that they were leaving our front. I wish they would, and go so far that we would see them no more of this winter.

Source: The Civil War Diary of A.L. Ewing, 63rd Indiana Infantry
The Eli Lilly Library, Indiana University

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