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engthening their vows and purposes of amendment in humble reliance upon his gracious and almighty power: The Congress of the confederate States of America do resolve, that it be recommended to the people of these States that Friday, the eighth day of April next, be set apart and observed as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer, that Almighty God would so preside over our public counsels and authorities, that he would so inspire our armies and their leaders with wisdom, courage, and persore, I, Jefferson Davis, President of the confederate States of America, do issue this, my proclamation, calling upon the people of the said States, in conformity with the desire expressed by their representatives, to set apart Friday, the eighth day of April, as a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer; and I do hereby invite them on that day to repair to their several places of public worship, and beseech Almighty God to preside over our public counsels, and so inspire our armies and leaders
s and orders. The following is General Taylor's address to his army: headquarters District Western Louisiana, Mansfield, La., April 11, 1864. General orders, no.--. Soldiers of the Army of Western Louisiana: At last have your patience and devotion been rewarded. Condemned for many days to retreat before an overwhelming force, as soon as your reenforcements reached you, you turned upon the foe. No language but that of simple narrative should recount your deeds. On the eighth of April you fought the battle of Mansfield. Never in war was a more complete victory won. Attacking the enemy with the utmost alacrity when the order was given, the result was not for a moment doubtful. The enemy was driven from every position, his artillery captured, his men routed. In vain were fresh troops brought up. Your magnificent line, like a resistless wave, swept every thing before it. Night alone stopped your advance. Twenty-one pieces of artillery, two thousand five hundred pr