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August 19, 20 and 21. Latter is Fast Day, proclaimed by President Davis. I fasted until afternoon.

August 22. Our new chaplain, Rev. H. D. Moore, of South Carolina, came. Heard of resignation of Captain Thomas, of Co. ‘B,’ and death of Captain L'Etoudal, of Co. ‘A.’

August 23. Heard good sermons from our chaplain and Lieutenant T. W. Harris.

August 24. General R. E. Lee rode his famous horse ‘Traveler’ through our camp, and near my tent. I lifted my hat, and was saluted by our great commander.

August 25 and 26. General B. Graves came in search of his son. A Regimental Christian Association was formed, Rev. H. D. Moore, president, Colonel Pickens, vice-president, Sergeant R. H. Stafford, secretary and treasurer. I was eleeted a delegate to a Brigade Christian Association.

August 27. Officer of the guard. Colonel Battle drilled the brigade. I bought a small watermelon of Sutler Sam. Brewer, for $5.000. Read ‘Border Beagles,’ by Simms. Lieutenant-General Ewell and Major-General Rodes, reviewed and inspected our brigade and Daniels'. Brigade Christian Association organized, with Colonel Battle as president. I was elected one of the secretaries. Countersign at night was ‘Lee.’

August 28 and 29. Colonel Battle received his commission as Brigadier-General, and at night was serenaded by a brass band from Doles' Georgia brigade. He responded in a very pretty speech. Judge Jones, General B. Graves, of Tuskegee, and Captain J. J. Hutchinson made short speeches

August 30. Sunday, Chaplain Moore preached. Afterwards Dr. Adams and I rode to Montpelier, once the residence of James Madison. A young lady showed us the parlor, library and dining-room. They had some costly paintings and busts. The grounds around the mansion and the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains were beautiful. At night twenty-two soldiers joined the church.

August 31. Colonel Pickens was on court martial, Captain Fischer, of company ‘A’ on detail, so Adjutant Gayle informed me I was in command of the 12th Alabama regiment. At 9 o'clock I inspected the arms of the regiment, and carried them through a few evolutions. Captain Nicholson of company ‘I,’ who recently married Miss Brazeal, of Powhatan county, Va., returned to camp. At night thirteen men joined the church.

Sept. 1, 1863. Exchanged my old sword and belt, and $35.00 to


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