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Found the President out of temper. Shall not trouble him again
about the condition of affairs West of the Miss. River. He may
find when it is too late that he would have done well to pay
more attention to that Department. But I know he has much to
trouble him & I wonder he does as well as he does. House con-
tinued to discuss the tax bill. For the first time since I have
been in Congress I left my place in the House & went to hear a
speech in the Senate. Heard Mr. Yancey.*88 His speech was
not on any important subject & could not be said to be useful
but was very interesting as being one of the most withering pieces
of sarcasm I ever heard from the lips of any one. It was applied
and made in reply to a speech from Senator Hill of Georgia.189
I should felt inexpressibly tortured under such an inflection.
Mr. Y. is surely an orator of the first order. He produced much
sensation in the Senate & lobby. Pity he had not spoken in a
strain more practical in these times of peril.
Wednesday 18th Today heard of a fight on the Rappahan-
nock'9s between Stuart's cavalry & the enemy in which we were
victorious. Hood's division91 moved today, where is not known.
I felt gloomy at parting with many of the boys. We shall have
fierce and terrible fighting soon & who knows that I may ever
see all of them again. May God protect and keep them; they
are noble soldiers and excellent young men. House discussed the
tax bill all day. Not quite through with it. Wrote to Anna &
Eliza & Gen. Broocks by Matt Wilson.92 Sent E 1 pr cards &
2 calico dresses. Met T. M. Com. at night.
Thursday 19th Discussed the tax bill all day in Com. of the
Whole. Question as to exempting from taxation those worth less
than $1,000 & if soldiers etc those worth less than $2,000. I
voted to exempt in both cases. No news from the army today.
"Yancey, William L.; Alabama; Senator, 1862 (March 27) until
death, July 28, 1863.
189Hill, Benjamin H.; Georgia; member of Provisional Congress, 1861-
1862; Senator, 1863-1865.
10Fight on the Rappahannock between Stewart's Cavalry & enemy.
J. E. B. Stewart, brilliant young cavalry leader. Rappahannock river,
which, joined by the Rapidan, flows into Chesapeake Bay.
19 Hood's division-Colonel J. B. Hood of Texas was made major-gen-
eral of a division, October, 1862, composed of Law's, Benning's, Ander-
son's, and the Texas brigades.
"'Matt Wilson-son of Sam Wilson (not Willson) of San Augustine.
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