Now I lay me down to sleep,The next night I stayed at Norton, a small village ten miles from Delaware. I must here relate a circumstance that took place in camp the night after Leftwiche's brigade marched to show what care will do towards preserving health. The snow was about one foot deep, and when halted for the night, a number of those Virginia troops, instead of clearing away the snow out of their tents, spread some blankets on the snow, then lay down covering themselves with the balance (there are always six men to a tent). The consequence was that the heat of their bodys melted the snow, and it then froze so that some could not rise until they had other[s] cut off their hair with a knife, it being frozen fast to the ground. The consequence was sickness and death thinned their ranks, whereas the Mercer Blues took care of themselves and every man lived to return home honorably discharged. I return[ed] to Fort Free where the troops all concentrated, and where we had to remain until in January 1813 for the want of foliage and Commissary stores, I made a report to the quarter General Piatt of the amount that corn cost us. I took 6 wagon loads, the amount that each delivered, counted the cost, and reported fifty two dollars fifty cents per bushel. This opened his eyes and the consequence was that we sent runners and reported through the settlements of Columbus out beating Zanesville that we would give two dollars per bushel for all the corn and oats delivered at Upper Sandusky. Then it came in abundance. I took in one day 2,250 bushels. We kept on taking in until we had about 7000 bushels. In January the army was ordered to march after a stay of about a month, but I remained behind having the care of all the stores then collected on my hands during the time we stayed. There was many curious things transpired which I might but think it unnecessary to relate - one observance however I will relate. About the time the army was ordered to march, it became warm and rained some so as to take all the snow off, when orders to march were given. Orders for double rations of at least whiskey were given also. There was two men where I was busy measuring up oats that had brought some butter from the oats merchants, I think about one pound each, and says to the Major we want something to eat with our butter which they had in their hands. I told them I had nothing but oats. Give us that they said so I poured out on their butter until they eat it all up. They then started. That night it froze about one inch thick of ice. Next morning some horsemen were coming into fort and when within about half a mile in passing over some low ground, they espied a man's leg sticking up through the ice as if the owner was lying on his back, and had drawn it up in turning aside. They found he was alive, and all under the ice frozen fast - this leg and his face only sticking out, the head having fallen on a tussock that just kept his face out. They broke the ice and brought him in and who should it be but one of the men who had eated the oats and butter. Afterwards in the fall of 1813, I seen this same man march to Erie under Major James Dunlapp. Some ten days after the troops had left, I got a public horse and started for Fort Meggs leaving the stores all in the hands of Captain Heaton, who had been sent on for that purpose to get him out of the way at Washington. I do not intend to write the history of that company that I remained there to the first of April at which time all discharged, When I left the camp I weighed 187 lbs. After my return home I was attacked with Diora and in two weeks was reduced to 148 lbs.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
for if I die before I wake,
the devil himself can't make me straight.
The Joseph Junkin Family Tree is a collection of information gathered by
Eric & Liz Davis,
Mary Eleanor Bell,
Alice Erma Bell,
Margaret A. Killian,
Laura Gayle Junkin,
Winston Ray Norris,
Joyce Ann Junkin,
Barbara Ann Millner,
and many others.
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