uce, a nice piece of shoat, stewed oysters, fried oysters, fine pickles, sauces and preserves with potatoes, served before me, and afterwards a magnificent pound cake—all brought from Richmond.
The mess had prepared this dinner in honor of my promotion.
It gave me more sincere pleasure than the promotion itself.
November 17.—Browne told me that Joe Davis, the President's brother, had been made a Brigadier-General.
The senate rejected him but Ben Hill got the vote reconsidered provided Joe Orr would be made postmaster at Athens.
Don't mention this as it would get Browne into trouble.
Near Fredericksburg, November 22, 1862.—My camp is on the hills immediately in the rear and west of old Federal Hill.
I can see the house plainly about one mile and a half distant, there being a level plain between it and my headquarters.
In that house my mother was born and was married.
The abolitionists gave notice last night that they would shell the city at nine o'clock this morning.