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[379] Everett. Very little excitement. Citizens go to the polls, cast their vote and return to their homes, impressed with the solemn fact that this day is to decide the destiny of our country. Dark and lowering clouds hover over the political horizon. The recent elections in the northern States indicate the triumph of the Republican party, in which event a disruption of the Union, and a civil war will probably follow, as the South will not submit to a sectional President, and the North will not submit to a peaceable separation.

January 1st, 1861.--Another year with its pleasures, and its pains, has passed away. The year 1860 will be as memorable in history as the year 1776. The one witnessed the birth of the Union; the other, its death. We are no longer a united and happy people. The “star spangled banner” no longer waves “o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.” That proud banner, once the emblem of liberty, and manly independence, has been torn down by the hands of the intoxicated North. The people of the South cannot consent to live under a government in whose administration they virtually have no voice. They are, therefore, compelled to assert their independence, and withdraw from the Federal Union.

May 4th, 1861.--Left Memphis to-night at 9 o'clock, on the steamer H. R. W. Hill, in the company of “Hickory Rifles,” under the command of Captain John D. Martin.1 Our company marched in the afternoon to the Second Presbyterian church, where we were presented with a beautiful flag by the ladies of Memphis. The presentation was made by Miss Sallie White, and was responded to by Sergeant Chas. Pucci,2 in a very appropriate and handsome speech. The Rev. Dr. Grundy,3 pastor of the church, presented the company with one hundred pocket Testaments, and sent us forth with patriotic words, together with an earnest prayer, and benediction. The officers of our company are John D. Martin, M. D., Captain; Tony Bartlett, First Lieutenant; John S. Donelson,4 Second Lieutenant; Carter B. Oliver, Third Lieutenant; and George Mellersh, Orderly Sergeant. I bring up the rear as Fourth Corporal.

May 5th, 1861.--Arrived at Randolph this morning at 11 o'clock. Raining all day. Was detained on board the boat as “Corporal of the guard,” which was very fortunate for me, as the company, after marching

1 Killed at Corinth, Mississippi, in command of a brigade.

2 Killed in battle.

3 Died in Kentucky.

4 Killed at Chickamauga.

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