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[178] This is the glory of war! Among the Federal prisoners are Colonel Dougherty, a Major, two surgeons, and many commissioned officers. I feel badly to-day from the effect of seven miles ‘double quick,’ but am devoutly thankful to our Heavenly Father for my escape from all bodily injury. I was exposed to a galling fire of grape and canister from the gunboats, and acknowledge the good hand of God in my deliverance from death. I prayed that He would be a shield unto me and give us the victory. My mother witnessed the engagement yesterday from the deck of the ‘Prince’ until the enemy's balls began to fall around the boat, when she retired to a house on the street, where I saw her standing on the balcony, with an expression of deep concern, as our regiment passed on its way to the river. Before she left the ‘Prince’, she saw the Confederates driven to the river. A lady who was standing by her side, cried out: ‘Do look, Mrs. Law, our boys are whipped; see how they are running.’ But mother replied: ‘No; they are not running, the poor fellow are thirsty, and are going to the river to get water.’ The idea of defeat did not once enter her mind.

November 9th.—Spent the day visiting the wounded in company with my mother. The Federals receive equal attention with our own men, and most of them declare their intention never again to take up arms against the South.

Sunday, November 10th.—Ordered to report at brigade headquar-ters, for duty on the staff of Colonel Preston Smith. Witnessed the amputation of a poor fellow's leg this evening. Dr. Bell was the operator. Have resolved to be more attentive to my religious duties, and begun to-night to read through the New Testament.

November 11th.—A cold raw day. The enemy were reported landing in force a few miles above here, and we prepared for warm work. A fearful accident happened this morning. Our ‘big gun’ burst, and killed ten men. General Polk barely escaped with his life.

November 13th.—Our prisoners returned from Cairo this evening, and say that the enemy will attack Columbus very soon. General Pillow's division commenced to move to-day, but for some reason, the order was countermanded. It is supposed that the threatened attack caused the retrograde movement.

November 16th.—After a cold rain last night, Sir Jack made his appearance this morning. Rode horseback before breakfast. A boat arrived from Cairo, under flag of truce. It is said that an unconditional surrender of the place is demanded, or a removal of the women and children. We are in daily expectation of a fight.


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