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[22] unsolicited and not needed, but a fresh evidence of her affection for me. May God bless and spare her noble life.

October 25. Sunday. Sent following new pieces of music to Sister L.: ‘Kathleen Mavourneen,’ ‘The South,’ ‘Annie of the Vale,’ ‘When this Cruel War is Over,’ ‘My Wife and Child,’ etc.

October 26. Brigade suddenly ordered to cross the river, and protect, from cavalry raids, our wagons which were hauling railroad iron. Marched eight miles, rested until sundown, and returned to quarters after dark.

October 27 and 28. The 12th and 26th Alabama went on picket duty to Kelly's Ford, the former relieving the 14th North Carolina. I walked several miles around Kellysville, once the scene of a severe cavalry engagement, on a tour of observation. The country round about resembles Fauquier county, being one vast field of destruction and devastation. Where once elegant, happy homes stood, bare chimneys rear their tall forms sentries over this cruel waste, halls that once resounded to the merry laughter of happy childhood, now reecho to the mournful whistling of the autumn winds. Everything we see is a memento of the relentless cruelty of our invaders.

October 29 and 30. Some North Carolina troops relieved us from picket, and returned to the building of our winter quarters. Our Christian Association met and resolved to forbid playing of cards for pastime or amusement. New officers for next two months, President, Rev. H. D. Moore, Vice-President, Captain J. J. Nicholson, of company ‘I,’ Secretary, Wat. P. Zachry, of company ‘F.’

October 31. Made out muster and pay rolls for past two months. Learned that our newly built quarters would not be permanent. Instantly all work ceased on the unfinished fine cabins. It is a hardship.

Nov. 1. Sunday. Chaplain Moore preached two able sermons. Subject of one at night was ‘Repentance,’ and he explained that conviction, contrition, or sorrow, confession and reformation constitute repentance.

Nov. 2. Major U. A. Whiting, of General Rodes' staff and Lieutenant Dan Partridge, of General Battle's, inspected our brigade. I drew five splendid English overcoats and three blankets for company ‘F.’ How can I fairly issue, or divide, so few articles, so much needed, this cold weather? These uncomplaining men are patriots indeed! Sutler Sam Brewer arrived with a load of goods

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