Tues. 1st [July 1862]
This is the commencement of a new year with me in the history of this war. This day twelve months ago I left home for the field of war. During the past year the Lord has been with me and graciously delivered me from the hands of my enemeys, but during the past year I have not been as faithful to my Lord and Master as I should have been, but the Lord who is righteous and juste to forgive is always with us to smile upon us in all of our troubles. Oh Lord thou art righteous, deliver me from trouble.
We also had a fight today, but I was sick and did not partake in the fight. I became so weak I could not go any further and my commander gave me permission to go to the rear. This was the battle of Malvern Hill. This was a severe fight. Great bravery was displayed on both sides and many of our co fell while in the engagement. The ball was opened about 1 oclock and continued untill after dark.
List of the Killed & Wound in the fight of Co. B, 1st Reg N C Volunteers
J. E. Hendren
R. S. Johnston
G. W. Johnston
G. W. Spicer
Sources: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War inNorthCarolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 1. (Jefferson,NorthCarolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003). Original in Calvin Leach Diary, Southern Historical Collection,University ofNorth Carolina atChapel Hill