army: he says that for several months he has not enjoyed one full meal,
but has always risen hungry: they are not now particular about the
quality of their food but only solicitous about the quantity. The
officers were proposing one meal a day, that to be a full one. Many
officers have been obliged to dismiss their servants, being unable to
procure food for them: my brother in law, Gen'l Lee's Staff Surgeon,
cuts his own wood and brings his own water: another brother in law -
Brig. Gen'l Walker - in a mess of eight, has one pound of bacon per
day - no other neat. Has the world ever seen a more patriotic army?
June 11th, 1865
Having left Savannah on the 30th day of April, 186U, to report to
the Army of Tennessee at Dalton, and, after sharing its vicissitudes
and dangers, having returned to my native city on the 15th of November,
under orders from the Adjutant and Inspector General. I again left it
with the troops on December 20th, the date of its evacuation.
After a trying campaign on the coast of South Carolina, I proceeded
to Macon under orders, and was there captured by the force under Gen'l
Wilson, which entered the City on April 20th 1865.
I was paroled on the 3rd of May under the terms of Gen'l Johnston's
capitulation. On May 24th I returned to Savannah with my wife and child.
Our dwelling house was fortunately occupied by northern men doing
business in Savannah, who vacated the premises upon our arrival; so we
are again established in our old mansion.
It would be difficult to paint in words the change which has come