Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Kate went to town this morning.  I called on Mrs. W. D. Bailey and also on Mrs. G. W. Bailey.  Her little daughter Bertha is very sick, taken Sabbath night.  They thought her symptoms favorable this morning.  I also called on Mrs. Lyman Hart.  The day is as mild as spring, very pleasant.  Sister Sarah came on the evening train.  Today's paper gives the particulars of the surrender of Fort Donalson, Sunday morning, after a hard fought battle.  We have 15,000 prisoners, perhaps more.  Buckner and Johnson, rebel generals, are prisoners.  They surrender was unconditional.  A large number of guns and army stores to a large amount have fallen into our hands.  All our cities have had public rejoicings over this great victory.  God be thanked for it.  "If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say," we should now be mourning over the defeat of our forces.  Pillow and Floyd escaped with their brigades.  The success is a decided and brilliant one.
The 63rd regiment, Col. Sprague (lately a prisoner of the confederates) left Marietta this evening on the two steamboats for Paducah, Ky.  This is the third regiment which has been recruited from Marietta.  

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