The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 229
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Diary of H. C. Medford, Confederate Soldier, 1864 229
has been warm and cloudy. General Polenack's division of the
army has moved down to pleasant Hill.
I spread my blankets down at the root of a very tall pine, and
on whose trunk is many a scale, and whose even green top almost
dallies with the heavens; and here lie down for sleep at 10 P.M,
April Friday - 14 - 1864
Sleep six hours - up - help prepare breakfast - flower bread
and fried bacon. Set out towards Grandecore - travel thence
through a hilly country, rather poor, consisting of places of an-
cient settlement - old fallow fields, on which is not a vestige
of the marks of human hands except the old ridges thrown up by
the plough. Thence fourteen miles and stop at the residence of
Mr. Bailes, an acquaintance. The old gentleman not at home -
meet young George Bailes, who attended my school in Canton
Texas. Oh! I am so glad to meet George. He is one of the best
young men, that I have ever been acquainted with. I love him
with a force more than it is common for me to love men. He is
now a parolled prisoner. Remain here two hours - take dinner
of flower bread - cornbread - boiled ham and sallad - molasses
and mock coffee - set forward towards Grandecore - thence
through a poor hilly unsettled country - arrive at Gen. Major's
Head Quarters late in the evening having travelled thirty miles.
Some little skirmish fighting today between the cavalry forces.
The enemy's pickets near Grandecore. The enemy has evacuated
Nachitoches. Our men were in Nachitoches today.
I go to a comissary, and after many efforts, draw some rations
for General Major's Headquarters. Draw rations of raw bacon
and hard bread. Our waggons being above, we have nothing to
cook in; so take supper of hard bread and broiled bacon. This
however is no novelty with us, for we lived in this manner nearly
all of last summer.
The day has been clear and remarkably cool. General Bee is
in command of the cavalry forces since the death of General
Green. I am sorry he is in command too, for I do not believe that
General Bee has the ingenuity or the military skill to effect any-
thing against the enemy.45 Brig. Gen. Major surpasses him in
4Compare General Richard Taylor's unfavorable comments on General
Bee's mistakes in strategy, Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series I,
Vol. XXXIV, Part 1, 580-1.
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