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Personal Civil War Diary of Andrew Doran trascribed by Bill Estep

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The following is an attempt to preserve the Civil War memories of Andrew Doran, an ancestor of the Brewster, Baker, Bailey, Estep, and Wasell families.  This tiny, pocket-sized diary was carried with him for the two months that he was actively engaged in fighting during the war.  His hand-written comments about his daily life were done with a pencil and were smudged in places making it difficult to read.  Additionally, some of the spelling is incorrect but hasn’t been altered in order to remain faithful to the original.  His photograph and some facts about his life before the ware are included in family archives.


Tuesday, May 3, 1864
We relined at Gordons Mills and marched to Ringold and went into camp Northwest of town

Wednesday, May 4, 1864
Stayed in camp all day and cleared rations at night but got orders to march the next morning

 Thursday, May 5, 1864
We marched at six o’clock out through Al’s Gap (?) and went into camp

 Friday, May 6, 1864
Was in camp all day and discharged (?) rations and had a pretty good time generally

 Saturday, May 7, 1864
We marched at six o’clock and skirmishing began between seven and eight o’clock and they keep(?) it all day camped on Tunnel Hill for the night

 Sunday, May 8, 1864
There was skirmishing and we moved forward half a mile and stayed all night in line of battle

 Monday, May 9, 1864
We moved down to the foot of rock face rang (Rocky Face Ridge) thare (there) was heavy skirmishing all day and some cannonading.  It rained all night

 Tuesday, May 10, 1864
Some cannonading and a good deal of skirmishing but we was not in the fight 125 and 52 went in the skirmishing and we supported them this was til five o’clock

 Wednesday, May 11, 1864
It rained all night and we had to get up and clear rations firing commenced before daylight and it kept up all the afternoon heard cannonading in the afternoon and extended after dark

 Thursday, May 12, 1864
We started leaving camp at seven o’clock marching all day and night till three in the morning and then went into camp

 Friday, May 13, 1864
Marched in the morning three miles and stopped and lay thare 4 o’clock packed our knapsacks carrying nothing but our blankets marched till twelve o’clock and camped in a line of white oak

 Saturday, May 14, 1864
Heavy cannonading and musketry all day our brigaid (?) of our division joined our regiment was not in the fight

 Sunday, May 15, 1864
Connonading and musketry all day our rear went up the skirmish line heavy musketry after dark the rebs leav at one or two oclock at night


Written by Michael S. Doran

September 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

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  1. What is the connection between the Bailey family and the Estep family?

    I’m descended from Samuel Estep and Susannah Adams through their son Henry Estep and unknown spouse. I’ve done family finder tests and have cousin matches in the Bailey and Baker descendant lines. But I don’t have a clue as to how I connect.

    I do know that the Bailey family had a land grant property within a couple of miles distance from Samuel Estep in Rowan/Davie County, N. C. just above the Yadkin River. I can’t find a marriage connection but possibly Henry Estep married a Bailey female.

    I’ve recently paid for dna tests for another descendant from Samuel Estep so I’m hoping this will clear things up.

    Ron Thompson

    Ron Thompson

    November 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

    • Hi Ron,
      I do not have many details on the Bailey/Estep connection. I will forward you info to Bill to see what he says.

      Michael S. Doran

      December 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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