The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 57
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Diary of a Confederate Congressman, 1869-1868
Messrs. Vest, Bell, Currie, Garland & Chambers.284 Bad news
from Vicksburg & Gunboats passed the batteries.285 God save
the valley of the Miss. from desolation. Reed a letter from Anna
to 26th. Feel worried about E's putting up a loom in the house.
Wrote home rather fretfully. Wrote in the afternoon to E. modi-
fying what I had written to A. Day delightful.
Sunday 19th Heard an excellent & profoundly theological
sermon by Rev. Dr. Edwards of the Methodist Church from
"Mighty to save" Isa. 26O He is a learned & deeply pious
man. Pained at dinner to hear of the death of Capt. Turner207
of the 5th Texas Regt. He was killed on the 14th inst. in a
fight near Suffolk. He was a valiant soldier & noble gentleman.
Studied the tax bill recommended by the Conference committee
of both houses. Walked out with Hodge-he begins to be doubt-
ful of our success & I fear is not as devoted to our cause as all
should be who believe we are right. However he is peculiarly
situated, an exile from home & all his property & home in the
hands of the Feds. He & those like him are entitled to much
charity. Studied the tax bill at night. Want to speak against
it tomorrow. Oh, God, be merciful to me & make my heart pure
& my mind clear. For once oh God grant me grace & strength
equal to the occasion.
Monday 20th The report of the Committee of Conference on
the Tax bill came up for consideration in the House. Mr. Lyon
of Ala.288 moved that the House agree to the report & spoke in
"'Vest (Missouri) M. C.-See above, note 65.
Currin-(Currin, David M.), Tennessee, August 16, 1861-May 21, 1864
(died), or J. L. M. Curry, Alabama-See above, note 98.
Garland--See above, note 262.
Chambers-See above, notes 174, 50.
'"Vicksburg, April, 1863. General Pemberton in command at Vicks-
burg virtually surrounded by Union forces under Generals Sherman,
McPherson, and McClernand, rendering it impossible for General Johnston
to reach him with an insufficient army composed largely of raw troops.
The surrender of the city was decisive; it divided the Confederacy.
""Mighty to save"- (Isaiah 63, 1)--"Who is this that cometh from
Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his
apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in
righteousness, mighty to save."
2"Captain Turner-Perhaps Captain Amasa Turner, pioneer colonist.
"'Mr. Lyon of Alabama-See above, note 87.
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