Sunday, December 25, 2016

Diary of Lieutenant-Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes: Saturday, May 31, 1862

Clear and bracing. Had a very satisfactory inspection on the hill back of General Cox's headquarters. The men were many of them ragged and their clothes and caps faded, but they looked and marched like soldiers.

We hear of the retreat of Beauregard's great army from Corinth. This is probably a substantial victory, but is not so decisive as I hoped it would be. The Rebels have a talent for retreating. Our generals do not seem to be vigilant enough to prevent their slipping away. A thunder-storm last night.

SOURCE: Charles Richard Williams, editor, Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes, Volume 2, p. 283

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