After Bishop Elliott had read prayers, I slept in the same room with General Hardee.
29th may, 1863 (Friday).
I took a walk before breakfast with Dr. Quintard, a zealous Episcopal chaplain, who began life as a surgeon, which enables him to attend to the bodily as well as the spiritual wants of the Tennessean regimentns.
At noon I took leave for the present of General Hardee, and drove over in his ambulance to Shelbyville, eight miles, in company with Bishop Elliott and Dr. Quintard.
The road was abominable, and it was pouring with rain.
On arriving at General Polk's, he invited me to take up my quarters with him during my stay with Brag
30th may, 1863 (Saturday).
It rained hard all last night, but General Polk's teat proved itself a good one.
We have prayers both morning and evening, by Dr. Quintard, together with singing, in which General Polk joins with much zeal.
Colonel Gale, who is sonin-law and volunteer aid-de-camp to General Polk, has placed his n
that the men are much better marchers than those I saw in Mississippi.
A soldier was shot in Wartrace this afternoon.
We heard the volley just as we left in the cars for Shelbyville.
His crime was desertion to the enemy; and as the prisoner's brigade was at Tullahoma (twenty miles off), he was executed without ceremony by the provost-guard.
Spies are hung every now and then; but General Bragg told me it was almost impossible for either side to stop the practice.
Bishop Elliott, Dr. Quintard, and myself got back to General Polk's quarters at 6 P. M., where I was introduced to a Colonel Styles, who was formerly United States minister at Vienna.
In the evening I made the acquaintance of General Wheeler, Van Dorn's successor in the command of the cavalry of this army, which is over 24,000 strong.
He is a very little man, only twenty-six years of age, and was dressed in a coat much too big for him. He made his reputation by protecting the retreat of the army through Kentucky l