sed, and I fear was drinking.
July 8.—I have just rejoined my infantry.
A good Providence has watched over my command of the artillery.
John Lauson, Columbus Wilkerson and John Edwards were wounded.
Three of my cavalry were wounded and one taken prisoner. The only two charges made during these battles by cavalry were made by my men under Delony and one under Wright.
I was shocked to hear of the death of Willie Billups in the hospital.
The last I heard of him he was much better.
Willie Whitehead, too, was among the killed in the battle.
July 16.—Yesterday Colonel Benning got into a controversy with General Lee and Secretary Randolph about the conscript law, Benning saying it was unconstitutional, and refused to obey orders based upon it. He was about to be placed under arrest, and his men about to mutiny.
He came to get my advice and counsel.
In the point at issue, Benning was right.
I agreed to go and see Randolph, which I did, finding him, as usual, reasonable and court