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Mississippi (Mississippi, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
the meaning be? General Lee has had a most bloody battle near Gettysburg. Our loss was fearful. We have heard of no casualties except in general officers. General Richard Garnett, our friend and connection, has yielded up his brave spirit on a foreign field. He was shot through the head while standing, on the fortifications, encouraging his men and waving them on to the fight. How my heart bleeds to think of his hoary-headed father, of whom he was the stay! General Barksdale, of Mississippi, is another martyr. Also General Armstead, of Virginia. Generals Kemper and Pender wounded. I dread to hear of others. Who of our nearest kin may have ceased to live? When I think of probabilities and possibilities, I am almost crazy. Some of our men are reported wounded and in the enemy's hands. They took many prisoners. The cars are rushing up and down with soldiers. Two trains with pontoons have gone up within the last two days. What does it all portend? July 12, 1863. Th
Tennessee (Tennessee, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
ere any thing the matter? she asked, meekly, of the first gentlemanlylooking man she saw. The matter! he exclaimed. Oh! madam, we are defeated. McClellan is retreating down the river towards Harrison's Landing. I don't know where that is, but we are shamefully beaten. She did not allow herself to speak, but rapidly wended her way home, her face bathed in tears of thankfulness, and singing the Gloria in Excelsis. Several days ago General Bragg reported a victory at Murfreesboroa, Tennessee. There was certainly a victory on the first day, as 4,000 prisoners were secured, with thirty-one pieces of cannon, and sent to Chattanooga. On the third day the enemy were reinforced, and our army was obliged to fall back. A friend remarked that the Bragg victories never seem to do us much good. The truth is, the Western Yankees fight much better than the Eastern, and outnumber us fearfully. They claim the victory, but acknowledge the loss of 30.000 men. It must have been a most seve
Hollywood (Arkansas, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
delicately-carved features, a high, fair forehead, and light hair, which had been well cared for. He looked like one of gentle blood. All seemed so mysterious, my heart yearned over him, and my tears fell fast. Father, mother, sisters, brothers-where are they? The morning papers represented the case, and called for information. He may have escaped in delirium from one of the hospitals! That evening, kind, gentle hands placed him in his soldier's coffin, and he had Christian burial at Hollywood, with the lonely word Stranger carved upon the headboard. We trust that the sad story in the papers may meet some eye of which he had once been the light, for he was surely Somebody's darling. Sweet lines have been written, of which this sad case reminds me:-- Into a ward of the whitewashed walls, Where the dead and dying lay- Wounded by bayonets, shells, and balls- Somebody's darling was borne one day:-- Somebody's darling! so young and brave, Wearing yet on his sweet, pale face- S
Fredericksburg, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
and thy sorrows boast. The churches of Fredericksburg suffered dreadfully during the bombardmentbeen greatly improved by the refugees from Fredericksburg. The hotel is full. The G's have rented p to Cedar Hill, and he attempted to go to Fredericksburg; when he reached Hamilton's Crossings he ftrip, that of preaching to the soldiers in Fredericksburg. Saturday night, may 9, 1863. So mucor the purpose of transporting soldiers to Fredericksburg. Hooker was making immense demonstrationsvered from his dreadful wound, received at Fredericksburg last winter. He is an infantry captain of. L. and B. went up to Mr. Marye's near Fredericksburg to-day, to visit their brother's grave. Ttion — the enemy driven across the river. Fredericksburg and Culpeper Court-House are both occupiedur troops. This is very gratifying to our Fredericksburg refugees, who are going up to see if theyyesterday bringing Longstreet's Corps from Fredericksburg, on its way to Chattanooga. We all stood [3 more...]
Goochland (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
ded from the battle-field would be here. The cars arrived, and were immediately surrounded and the soldiers paroled. The ladies all the while were in the cars administering comfort to the wounded. They remained about three hours, took off every horse they could find, and every servant that they could induce to go, which was very few, and then rode off without burning the houses or offering other injury to the villagers. They belonged to Stoneman's command. They went over this county, Goochland, Louisa, and a part of Fluvanna, without molestation. They became alarmed, however, and cut their career short. They went to Columbia for the purpose of destroying the canal, but in their haste did it very little injury. The injury to the railroads was slight, and easily repaired. To individuals they did some mischief; at W. they fed four hundred horses at my brother's barn, took his buggy horse, and rode off. His neighbours, and others in their route, fared very much in the same way.
Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
disenthralled. It is said that our army will go to Pennsylvania. This I dread; but it is in God's hands, I believe, foheir track. There are also rumours that our army is in Pennsylvania. So may it be! We are harassed to death with their ruwant our men and horses to be fed on the good things of Pennsylvania; I want the fine dairies, pantries, granaries, meadows, and orchards belonging to the rich farmers of Pennsylvania, to be laid open to our army; and I want it all paid for with oue vastly mistaken. Our troops seem to be walking over Pennsylvania without let or hindrance. They have taken possession ong, and repulsed the enemy. Nothing from our armies in Pennsylvania or Vicksburg. July 4, 1863, eleven oa Clock P. M. Southern youths, now sleeping beneath the cold clods of Pennsylvania. We can only hope that the day is not far distant when863. When shall we recover from this fatal trip into Pennsylvania? General Pettigrew, of North Carolina, fell on the retr
Montgomery (Alabama, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
most unexpectedly we have a carpet. The other day, while entertaining some friends, in this chamber by night, dining-room by day, and parlour ever and anon, Mrs. Secretary Mallory walked in, who, like ourselves, has had many ups-and-downs during the Confederacy, and therefore her kind heart knows exactly how to sympathize with others. While talking away, she suddenly observed that there was no carpet on the floor, and exclaimed, Mrs.-- , you have no carpet! My boxes have just come from Montgomery, where I left them two years ago, filled with carpets and bedding. I have five, and I will lend you one. Don't say a word; I couldn't be comfortable, and think of you with this bare floor. Mr.--is too delicate for it, and you are both too old to begin now on an uncarpeted room. An hour after she left us a servant came with the carpet, which was soon tacked down, and gives a home-like, comfortable air to the room. November 11th, 1863. Just received a visit from my nephew, W. N., w
North Carolina (North Carolina, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
poor old Virginia has no time or opportunity for improving her manufactures, while almost her whole surface is scarred and furrowed by armies; but Georgia and North Carolina are doing much towards clothing the first ladies in the land. Sister M. has just improved my wardrobe by sending me a black alpaca dress, bought from a Potomd day with my dear B., who has been again very dangerously ill, with erysipelas in his wound. We are troubled about our son J., who has just been ordered to North Carolina; but we have no right to complain, as his health is good, and his position has hitherto been very pleasant. January 31st, 1863. We are in statu quo, andt our Heavenly Father may avert so dire a calamity! July 19th, 1863. When shall we recover from this fatal trip into Pennsylvania? General Pettigrew, of North Carolina, fell on the retreat, at a little skirmish near the Falling Waters. Thus our best men seem to be falling on the right hand and on the left. When speaking of
Norfolk (United Kingdom) (search for this): chapter 33
fearfully. They claim the victory, but acknowledge the loss of 30.000 men. It must have been a most severe conflict. At Vicksburg they have made another attack, and been repulsed; and yet another misfortune for them was the sinking of their brag gun-boat Monitor. It went down off Cape Hatteras. In Philadelphia the negroes and Abolitionists celebrated the 1st of January with mad demonstrations of delight, as the day on which Lincoln's proclamation to abolish slavery would take effect. In Norfolk the negroes were deluded by the Abolitionists into great excitement. Speeches were made, encouraging them to take up arms against their masters! Hale has offered a resolution in the Northern Congress to raise two hundred regiments of negroes! The valiant knight, I hope, will be generalissimo of the corps. He is worthy of the position! January 16th, 1863. Just returned from Richmond. B's situation still precarious, and I am obliged to stay with him a great deal. I see a number o
Lexington, Va. (Virginia, United States) (search for this): chapter 33
nd solemnly approached the depot. The body lies in state to-day at the Capitol, wrapped in the Confederate flag, and literally covered with lilies of the valley and other beautiful Spring flowers. Tomorrow the sad cortege will wend its way to Lexington, where he will be buried, according to his dying request, in the Valley of Virginia. As a warrior, we may appropriately quote from Byron: His spirit wraps the dusky mountain, His memory sparkles o'er the fountain, The meanest rill, the mignd Hymen; but every respite, every furlough, must be thus employed. I am glad they can accomplish it; and if the brave deserve the fair, I am sure that the deeds of daring of our Southern soldiers should have their reward. My niece, L. B., of Lexington, would have been married to-morrow night, but her betrothed, Captain S., has been ordered off to meet the enemy. The marriage is, of course, postponed. Poor fellow! I trust that he may come safely home. I have just written to Colonel Nor
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