ity for defence, favorably endorsed by Major-General Buckner, the orders were suspended on the 31stcient to meet the force concentrating on him, Buckner was directed to withdraw to the Hiawassee, wire issued at 8 A. M., on the 10th, for Major-General Buckner to move with his two divisions, and res Mill. 8 A. M., September 10th, 1863. Major-General Buckner, Anderson's.:
General,—I enclose ors's crossroads in the cove, and at this point Buckner joined him during the afternoon of the 10th.
I met Major Nocquet, engineer officer on General Buckner's staff, sent by General Hindman after a his movements.
He was further informed that Buckner's corps would be moved within supporting distn the 13th I proceeded to the front, ahead of Buckner's command, to find that no advance had been mlank and rear in the same direction.
Buckner, crossing at Ledford's ford, will join in theeatham and Hood.
Stewart's division, forming Buckner's second line, was thrown to the right to fil
hand of God, and believe that all things are working together for good.
His ways are mysterious and past finding out.
February 20th.—Our infant nation is passing through the baptism of adversity.
General Zollikoffer has been killed, and his army is routed.
Fort Henry has fallen, and the enemy have possession of Tennessee river. Roanoke Island has been taken with 2,000 prisoners. Fort Donelson, after four days hard fighting, was compelled to surrender to an overwhelming force, and General Buckner, with his entire command are prisoners; and Nashville is about to fall into the hands of the enemy.
My own native State is invaded by the vandal hordes of Lincoln, and from this time forth I am a soldier in the field, until the last footprint of the foe is removed from our fair land.
I give up my profession, and lay my life on the altar of my country, with resignation to the will of the most high God.
February 21st.—Rode out this morning to see my mother and bid her good-bye.