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[381] springing to our guns we were promptly on the ground ready for action; but the alarm proved false, and we returned to our camp with “nobody hurt.” Received a box of cakes from home, for which my thanks are due to my excellent mother.

May 20th.--This morning the Third Regiment of Tennessee volunteers arrived at Randolph. There are now about three thousand troops stationed here under the command of General Jno. L. T. Sneed.

May 24th, 1861.--To-night we sleep on our arms, ready to meet the foe at a moment's notice. Captain James Hamilton, of the “Southern guards,” dined with me to-day.

May 25th.--Beautiful day. Pleasant drill at noon. Summoned to go on “picket duty.” A detachment of the “Memphis light Dragoons,” arrived this evening amid the cheers of the “Bluff City Grays,” and the “Hickory Rifles.”

Sunday, May 26th.--No sleep last night, as I was “Corporal of the guard,” and could not, with my sense of a soldier's duty, sleep between watch. Spent the night walking from post to post. Read a chapter from the gospel of Matthew this morning. Have been very negligent of my religious duties, owing to the publicity of camp life, but hope by the grace of God to be more careful in the future. A Christian should never be ashamed to be found upon his knees. This evening, the news of the death of Colonel Ellsworth, of the New York Zouaves, was received.

May 27th.--To-day as I was going to the river to meet the steamer Ingomar, from Memphis, the bugle sounded the alarm, and some one of a very fruitful imagination, reported five steamboats coming down the river. The camp was in a blaze of excitement, and the soldiers panted for the opportunity to display their valor, but to the great disappointment of our brave and chivalrous boys no foe appeared. It seems that General Sneed had given orders to the bugler to practice the alarm at four o'clock, and the bugler understanding the order to be, give the alarm, roused the camp, and caused the commotion among the braves.

May 30th, 1861.--Was ordered by General Sneed to detail four men, and proceed to Hatchie river, to guard some sons of the Emerald Isle, who were engaged in sinking a steamboat across the mouth of the river.

The steamer Ingomar arrived from Memphis, about nine o'clock with a number of passengers, among them, many of the most beautiful daughters of the “Bluff City.” Off for Hatchie river with my guard in the morning.

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