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[180] President of the Association. While I regret to leave the field of active service, I can but feel that it will be greatly to my interest to spend the winter in the hospital, where I can prosecute my studies. The army has now gone into winter-quarters, and there will probably be no movement before spring.

Colonel Dougherty, who has been a wounded prisoner in our hands since the battle of Belmont, was to-day released, and returned to Cairo.

Sunday, December 8th.—Arrived in Memphis yesterday. Attended service this morning at the Second Presbyterian church, and listened to an eloquent sermon by a refugee from Paducah, Kentucky.

December 9th.—This evening the ladies of Memphis gave a concert for the benefit of the ‘Southern Mothers' Association.’ Miss Bang, of Nashville, was the ‘Evening Star.’ The Theatre was crowded, and the ‘Southern Mothers’ reaped a rich harvest.

December 16th.—Entered upon my duties at the hospital to-day. Read ninety pages of ‘Brodie on Mind and Matter.’ Find it hard to hold my mind to the matter of study after six months of camp-life.

December 18th.—Returning to the city from the country this morning, I was overjoyed to see in the morning papers the announcement that England had demanded the surrender of Mason and Slidell. Attended a concert at the Theatre this evening. The attendance was the largest and most select that I have ever seen in Memphis. Miss Bang, the Jenny Lind of America, was the attraction. I have never heard anything so sweet as her singing.

December 19th.—The morning papers are fraught with interest. John Bull is aroused at the outrage committed by Captain Wilkes in seizing our Commissioners on board a British ship, and if they are not given up immediately England will break the Southern blockade, open trade with the Confederate States, and blockade the Northern ports. Behold how brightly breaks the morning!

December 21st.—There are few cases of interest in the hospital. Patients come in slowly, and we are discharging them rapidly. On Monday the ‘Southern Mothers’ and the ‘Overton’ are to be merged into one hospital, the Confederate Government paying $12,000 per annum for the Overton building.

December 23d.—To-day, the patients were moved from the rooms of the ‘Southern Mothers’ to the Overton hospital, and are under the care of Dr. Currie. The wounded are in charge of Drs. Alex. Erskine and Ware.


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