Thursday, April 12, 2012

Saturday, April 12, 1862

Lucy came on the morning train and Kate returned with her but came home again in the evening.  The papers say that the 77th ran without firing a gun.  We doubt the truth of these rumrs as a number of this regiment are reported dead, among them Dr. Ross of Watertown; and the name of 17 of its wounded are reported as being sent to Evansville, Ind.  The cruelty of sending back reports of cowardice about those who are on the battle field and seem to have severly suffered, is manifest.  I feel indignant when I hear the sneers of chimney corner heroes about braver men than themselves.  
Lizzie, William and little Sarah took dinner at Mrs. Burgess'.  I copied for William a speech which he intends to make in Congress.

Peggy's comments:
The speech Julia refers to his a speech about slavery that William delivered to Congress on April 23.

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