and government officials.
How strange all this seems for dear, quiet little Washington!
It must be delightful there, with all those nice army officers.
I am going back home as soon as I can decently change my mind.
I have been at the rear all during the war, and now that I have a chance, I want to go to the front.
I wish I could be here and there, too, at the same time.
We were fairly besieged with visitors till time to dress for the party.
Miss Pyncheon dined with us, and Gardiner Montgomery is staying in the house, and I can't tell how many other people dropped in. It was all perfectly delightful.
Capt. Hobbs and Dr. Pyncheon offered themselves as escorts, but we had already made engagements with Albert Bacon and Jim Chiles.
We gave Miss Pyncheon and Dr. Sloane seats in our carriage, and we six cliqued together a good deal during the evening, and had a fine time of it. I never did enjoy a party more and never had less to say about one.
I had not a single adventure dur
— no matter where, but I can always tell when he has been about by finding a full-blown rose, or a sprig of wild honeysuckle, or a bunch of swamp lilies, or some other big bright flower lying around among my things.
It rained most of the day, but was not too wet for many callers, and another long walk in the afternoon through this pretty little town.
The two female colleges have been turned into hospitals, one of which is under Cousin Bolling's charge.
The news this evening is that Montgomery has gone, and the new capital of the Confederacy will be either Macon, or Athens, Georgia.
The war is closing in upon us from all sides.
I am afraid there are rougher times ahead than we have ever known yet. I wish I was safe at home.
Since Brother Troup has been ordered from Macon our chance of getting a government wagon is gone, and the railroad won't be finished through to Atlanta for a week or ten days yet. If ever I do get back home again, I will stay there till the war is over.
estimated at the last census before the war, was in round numbers ,000,000, and at the next census after the war this valuation had fallen to ,000,000.
At present (1907), after forty-five years of struggle and effort, the estimated wealth of the Empire State of the South still falls short by some ,000,000 of what it was in 1860.
Aug. 27, Sunday
The bolt has fallen.
Mr. Adams, the Methodist minister, launched the thunders of the church against dancing, in his morning discourse.
Mr. Montgomery wanted to turn his guns on us, too, but his elders spiked them.
I could not help being amused when Mr. Adams placed dancing in the same category with bribery, gambling, drunkenness, and murder.
He fell hard upon wicked Achan, who caused Israel to sin, and I saw some of the good brethren on the amen benches turn their eyes upon me. I was sitting near the pulpit, under full fire, and half-expected to hear him call me Jezabel, but I suppose he is reserving his heavy ammunition for the gra