The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 37
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1862-1868
It makes one's heart warm toward our brave soldiers to see them
in camp and hear of what they have endured & how they have
fought for the maintenance of the right of self-government.
Many of these troops are noble young men--some of our best
families. May God protect them and grant us success in our
struggle. Oh! how I would like to see my wife & wee ones
tonight. May God take care of them, too. Night dark & stormy.
Monday 16th Commenced boarding with Mrs. Motley. Tax
bill continued in the House. Sundry amendments offered in Com.
of the Whole. I offered one providing that in taxing credits
only the credits in excess of the liabilities of the taxpayer shall
be taxed. Voted down in Committee. I will call the yeas, nays
on it in the House. I have clear convictions of its justice &
equity. Received a letter from Anna of 11th & 12th Feby. All
well then. Praised by the Lord. At night took tea at Mr.
Tabbs185 in the city. Was much entertained. Met a cordial wel-
come of the old-fashioned sort. Found two old persons who
seemed like the old patriarchs with a large family of useful and in-
teresting children. Their sons are useful and sensible men-their
daughters amiable & excellent women. Such people are good mem-
bers of society. After returning conversed some time with
Graham & Hodge. H. is very brilliant & entertaining in conver-
sation-is well educated & has moved in good society, but I have
arrived at the conclusion that he "vapors." His amiable opinion
of himself leads him to occasional (I hope unconscious) depar-
tures from truth. Oh, Lord, have mercy on the world. Forgive
thy erring children & hasten the advent of peace to our bleeding
Tuesday 17th Called to see the Secy of War about Capt.
Woodward's8 contest for the Majority of the 1st Texas Rgt.
Called to see the President about Sam Willson's appt. Made a
blunder. Spoke to the President also about disorders in Gen.
Holmes'87 army & indicated the opinion of the people & army
as to Gen. H's incompetency & want of disciplinary talent.
When the Texas soldiers encamped near Richmond, illness broke out,
notably malaria and diarrhea.
18.Mr. Tabbs-Unknown; possibly H. Cabell Tabbs, physician.
'General Holmes-See note 219.
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