my gun. Have felt somewhat depressed for the past few days.
Fail in the discharge of Christian duty; do not read my Bible regularly; nor is my soul enlarged in prayer, and yet as I write the prayer arises in my heart that God may watch over our benighted camp, spread confusion throughout the camp of our enemies, and give us victory; that our independence may be speedily won, and our country restored to peace and harmony.
.—The weather continues warm and water is getting scarce.
It was rumored yesterday that Generals Smith
had retaken Nashville
.—A cold, rainy day. Breakfasted at 10 o'clock, and walked over to my cousin's camp to fulfil my engagement with him. We rode over to the camp of the Thirty-eighth Tennessee regiment, and dined with Captain Wright
, called on Colonel Looney
, and returned to camp.
Rumor says that the Federal
gunboats have passed Fort Jackson
, and that New Orleans has surrendered.
Dark clouds are hovering over us. The enemy are steadily gaining ground.
But we must continue to fight with unabated zeal, and trust in God, and victory will crown our efforts.
.—Orders to cook five days rations, and be ready to march at a moment's notice.
We expect a great battle in a few days.
Sunday, April 27th
.—Spent the morning working on the trenches.
In the afternoon walked over to see Jack
and Billy Gordon
, and rode with them into Corinth
Glorious news is circulating in camp.
New Orleans is safe, Huntsville
is retaken, and Jack Morgan
has whipped the Federals
out of Tuscumbia
The clouds are breaking.
.—The regiment was detailed this morning to work on the trenches.
We had worked about two hours, when we were ordered to form in line of battle.
Cannonading was heard in the direction of Monterey
is advancing upon this place, and we may expect a great battle to-morrow or next day. Spent the afternoon washing my clothes and playing chess with Harry Cowperthwaite
, of the ‘Maynard Rifles.’
Reports from New Orleans are numerous and conflicting.
.—Our regiment was re-organized to-day.
was elected Captain
of the ‘Hickory Rifles;’ Dr. Butt
, First Lieutenant
; George Hockton
, Second Lieutenant
, and John Trigg Third Lieutenant
. Dr. Butt
was the only one of the old officers reelected.
, Hockton and Trigg
were all elevated from the ranks, on the ground of personal popularity, without regard to qualification for office.
But they are all good men, and I hope will prove