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[298] very favorable impression on me. On dit, General Lee wishes to cross into Maryland. The army are unanimously opposed to it. The men say they have had enough of Maryland.

November 5.—Howell has been ordered to duty in Georgia and has telegraphed for all his staff and horses. A camp rumor that I had been appointed Brigadier-General over this brigade has annoyed my men no little, but I assured them that Mr. Davis would never tender me the appointment. General Barksdale came to see me a few days ago and said it was a shame that the President had not promoted me to the rank of General, and he and other officers were going to protest against the injustice. I begged him to say nothing about it, but to let the matter drop.

November 8.-I was notified to-day of my appointment as Brigadier-General.

November 10.—In spite of General Lee's assurance my men seem to think my appointment will prove their disappointment. I have not as yet sent in my acceptance and think I will withhold it awhile to see how things work.

November 14.—One of my couriers brought me a sweet potato the other day. I roasted it last night and found it a great treat after a diet of beef and liver. I could not help thinking of Sumter and the English officer and envying Sumter his luxurious living. Did you see that Henry Jackson's piece to his wife and child is published and attributed to old Stonewall?

November 12.—My cavalry suffered nothing in the last skirmish. Deloney behaved most gallantly in the first. He was in considerable peril at one time. He was rescued by young Clanton, of Augusta, who was afterwards severely wounded. I fear that Jack Thomas, of Augusta, will die. I shall make Willie Church adjutant of the Cavalry, and I have forwarded a recommendation of Camak to be made major of infantry.

November 14.—I was surprised to-night by the appearance of General Wm M. Browne. He came to see General Lee on business and makes my camp his home while here. He has strong hopes of intervention. I do not look for it myself. Captain Berrien brought me a cap from Richmond, for which he had to pay the nice little sum of eighteen dollars. I hear that A. P. Hill whipped the Yankees at Snickersville yesterday.

November 15.—We are speculating on the consequence of Mc-Clellan's removal. It will demoralize to a great extent the army of the Potomac, with whom McClellan was a great favorite. I should


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