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man.'" Saw Secy of War-presented Guinn's220 application for
transfer of his son. Talked with Secy. about Trans. Miss. affairs.
He says the tide has turned. Gen. Kirby Smith221 has been or-
dered to go at once to Little Rock & reform matters. In the
House much time was spent in trying to fix a time for adjourn-
ment. After all the whole matter was tabled. I voted against
adjourning until the business of Congress is through with. Ex-
emption bill considered. I voted for the Bill of the House Com-
mittee as between that & the bill of the Senate. No final dispo-
sition made of it. In secret session appropriated $5,200,000 to
pay for Ironclad ships in Europe.222 At night Graham & I called
Wednesday April 1st 1863. In the House the bill proposing
to continue disabled soldiers in pay was discussed, amended some
& finally referred to special committee of one from each state.
Much time taken up in drawing for seats in Hall of House of
delegates & finally adjourned at 21 P.M., having done nothing
Thursday 2nd Something in the nature of a bread riot oc-
curred in the City this morning. I did not get down town until
it had mainly subsided. A mingled crowd of bad men and women
gather together on Capitol Square and under profession of suf-
fering from hunger proceeded to some provision and dry goods
stores on Main & Casey Streets & commenced breaking them open
& seizing not only bread & meat, but shoes, boots, hats, brooms,
dry goods, milliners' trimmings, etc etc. This seizing of articles
which could not minister to the cravings of hunger gave the
whole affair more the appearance of a plundering expedition than
2"Major-General T. C. Hindman who had (in 1862) 'been sent to
"Lt. General T. H. Holmes, an aging Regular Army soldier, had com-
mand, under Kirby Smith, in Arkansas. . . . Conditions there were
deplorable. . . . Civil government had disappeared, and military rule
was not strong." (Henry: The Story of the Confederacy.)
2"Guinn-Must be Judge Guinn of Rusk, Texas, who died recently.
221General Kirby Smith-When the Department of the Trans-Mississippi
was created, Kirby Smith was placed in charge with headquarters at
Shreveport. His territory was wide and remote from Richmond.
222Ironclad ships in Europe. (5,200,000 appropriated for.) The build-
ing of war vessels in England for Confederate use provoked legal pro-
cedures by Adams, W. S., minister to Great Britain, culminating in the
famous Alexandra case.
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