The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 64
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home and dear ones. May God take care of them all, I humbly
pray. News comes too that the enemy is crossing the Rappahan-
nock above and below Fredericksburg.279 The clouds of war which
have been so long gathering are about to burst in the spring
campaign. Oh righteous and merciful Father, sustain our peo-
ple under whatever it is meet and right they should suffer. And
oh! let it come to pass that these days of bloodshed & strife may
soon pass away and the independence and freedom of these Con-
federates States be established.
This is my birthday. I am 35 years old. The best half of
my life is gone. Have I improved it as I should? I fear not.
Yet I have struggled--how honestly & sincerely God knows-to
keep in the path of duty. May God be merciful to me in the
time to come as he has been in the past. Spent the evening with
Willie Norment at Mr. Tabbs'. Played three games of chess.
Thursday 30th Could not keep up with the proceedings of the
House. Was called out frequently to attend to departmental
business. During the day & night a bill was passed authorizing
the Secy of War under the direction of the President to take
charge of the R Rs in certain contingencies. I tried to get
through the House a resolution providing for printing the tax
bill etc. etc.-failed & was a little worried about it. At night
talked long with Judge Reagan, Gray & Graham about the con-
dition of the Country. May God have mercy upon us all.
Friday May 1st Just three years today since my dear Mother was
buried. What a multitude of memories rush upon me & how I
am compelled to stifle them amid the whirl of business by which
I am surrounded.
Cannot pretend to remember all that was done in the House.
Must rely upon the papers. A flag was finally adopted.280 The
ing a Union fleet, to take Port Hudson. When this failed, General
Banks, who had planned to take part in besieging the port, marched
back to Baton Rouge, where he was stationed.
~7'Crossing the Rappahannock. General Hooker led a large army
against Lee and Jackson. His purpose was to cross the Rappahannock
and the Rapidan, attack Lee's rear, and cut off his communications with
Richmond. By the last of April he had his army across the Rappahan-
nock -and he became prematurely exuberant.
2"The Flag-Adopted May 1, 1863, the "National Flag," white with in
the left corner a red field crossed by two blue bars, which were studded
with 13 evenly distributed white stars. It differed from the "Battle
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