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[576] offering to take his place. They had not met for six years until they saw each other on guard duty. Neither knew the other was here until the Ninth Alabama came into our camp a day or two ago. How sad and strange, after six years separation, they should meet here only to be together for a few hours, then to part so suddenly and strangely to meet no more on earth! Heard Rev. Lieutenant Curry, of Ninth Alabama and Alabama Conference, preach to the Twentieth Tennessee. Am pleased with him.

June 15. Preached at night for Brown's Brigade at Beech Grove. Several penitents; three professing. Dr. McFerrin has been assisting the chaplains of this command, and they have indications of a fine revival.

Near Fairfield, Tennessee, Sunday, June 21. Chaplain Ellis preached to our brigade in the forenoon. I in the afternoon, and Lieutenant Curry, Ninth Alabama, at night. Some penitents.

June 23. Protracted meeting continued, with prospects for a good revival.

June 24. Masonic celebration of St. John's Day at Bell Buckle. The lodge furnished a fine dinner for the fraternity of the army. While I was addressing the brotherhood in the afternoon, there was an assault at Hoover's Gap. The officers of Second, Thirteenth, and Fifteenth Arkansas Regiments were ordered to their commands. I hurried to Fairfield, and found our brigade was engaged. Soon we were busy with the wounded, and sixty were brought to the house of Mr. Fields, among them Captain Carter and Lieutenants Murphy and Hutchison of our regiment. Major Claybrook, Twentieth Tennessee, mortally wounded. Private Waggoner, of Carter's company, Thirty-seventh Georgia, died during the night, saying: “I am ready.” I aided the surgeons in taking of the arm off young Castleman, Twentieth Tennessee. He is a son of a Methodist preacher. I preached to him before the war. Chaplain Ellis and I ministered to the wounded till after midnight. Visited the wounded, and gave them such temporal and spiritual aid as I thought most needed. Those who are able to go are being sent to Wartrace.

June 25. We saw the Federals advancing in three columns. Saw the Stars and Stripes floating in the distance. Skirmishing between the pickets. Our army is retiring slowly, in good order.

From June 27 to 30 we marched via Wartrace, Tullahoma, Allisonia to Winchester.

July 2. We left Winchester to-day. Here our first troops from Tennessee entered camps two years and two months ago. Now we evacuate Middle Tennessee.

July 3. Our army is climbing the mountain at Sewanee, and pass University Place, where the Episcopalians are founding a school.

July 4. We have crossed the Cumberland Mountains, and are in the Sequatchie Valley, and pass through Jasper.

Sunday, July 5. Rest all day in the quiet retreat of the valley on the banks of the Sequatchie River.

July 6. Crossed the Tennessee River at Kelley's Ford on a pontoon bridge, the first I ever saw. We encamped at Lookout Station–and the campaign in Middle Tennessee is over.

Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge.

After resting for five days at Lookout Station, on the Tennessee River, west of Chattanooga, our brigade marched to Tyner's Station, east of the city, where we went into camp, and remained for seven weeks. Dr. W. E. Munsey was pastor of the Methodist church in Chattanooga. We renewed our acquaintance formed while he was pastor at Knoxville, where I first entered camp two years ago.

Sunday, July 12, 1863. Too wet for camp services, and I preached for Dr Munsey.


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