--Stephen A. Douglas
, the greatest of living statesmen, died this morning at his home in Chicago
at one o'clock on the fleet little steamer “Grampus
,” and arrived at Randolph
at half past 9 o'clock.
th.--To day John Trigg
and I agreed to read a chapter in the Bible
Am reading Plutarch's lives.
th.--This is the day that is to decide the future course of the State of Tennessee
The question is submitted to the people of this sovereign State.
Shall we break the iron chains that bind us to the abolition horde of the North
, and unite our destiny with that of our Sisters
of the Confederate States
; or shall we continue in subjection to a government that has destroyed the peace and prosperity of our once happy land, and brought upon us all the horrors of a civil war?
This place voted four thousand for separation, and not one in favor of union.
th.--Again on fatigue duty.
Carried rails for two hours, and piled brush for two hours more.
Weather very warm.
th.--This day has been set apart by the Hon. Jefferson Davis
of the Confederate States of America
, as a day of fasting and prayer.
At ten o'clock we formed in regimental order, and under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Marcus J. Wright
, marched to a beautiful grove, and listened to a sermon from Rev. Dr. Collins
Dined on turtle soup.
th.--Beautiful day, but very warm.
Detailed for fatigue duty.
Shoveled dirt on the entrenchments for three hours. Received a beautiful little Confederate flag with the compliments of Miss Mary Facklen
of Huntsville, Ala.
That helps a soldier to shovel dirt on a hot summer day.
th.--Arrived in Memphis
at five o'clock this morning.
Better to-day; no fever, but coughing frequently.
, and Mr. Russell
, correspondent of the London Times
were passengers on the boat from Randolph
Vigorous preparations for defense are going on in the city; the streets are barricaded and breastworks are thrown up. It begins to look like war in earnest.
Sunday, June 23
d.--Found myself seated in the old family pew in the Second Presbyterian Church, listening to an excellent sermon from my pastor, the Rev. Dr. Grundy
Spent the afternoon reading his fast-day sermon.
th.--How different the celebration of this anniversary of American Independence from any that have preceded it. Formerly it was a day of jubilee, and general rejoicing; the booming of cannon in honor of the day was heard throughout the length and breadth of our