—Gen. Joseph Johnston is ordered by Confederate Secretary of War James Seddon to proceed to Mississippi and assume command of the theatre of war there. He is promised few reinforcements, however, to attempt a turnaround of Southern fortunes in that department, however, with Grant storming through the middle of the state.
—Sergeant Harrison Wells of the 13th Georgia Infantry writes home to his sweetheart Mollie Long, and includes his reflections (and boasts) of the action he saw in the Second Battle of Fredericksburg:
Yours as ever Harry.