—Gen. George Thomas, commanding the Army of the Cumberland, sends three divisions under Gen. John Palmer south through the mountain passes to make a demonstration against Joseph Johnston’s Army of Tennessee. Several of Palmer’s brigades spar and maneuver in the tangle of hills between Chattanooga and Dalton, and Palmer plans on renewing the engagement tomorrow.
—Alexander G. Downing, of the 11th Iowa, is on the march with the Army of the Tennessee and Sherman in central Mississippi. He details his foraging activities for the day:
—Josiah Marshall Favill, a young immigrant from England serving as an officer with the 57th New York Infantry Regiment (and currently detached as a member of the II Corps staff in the Army of the Potomac), writes in his journal of the splendid ball and festivities the Corps gives for the officers of the corps, and all of the general officers and their staffs of the army, including the cavalry:
Miss Alvord was especially in my charge, but everybody danced with everybody else, and I had the distinguished honor of dancing once with the queenly beauty, Mrs. Sprague, and the superb and beautiful Miss Curtin, who was by the way sought after by every one. Nothing could surpass the kindness of the ladies; they were in no wise exclusive, and the youngest lieutenant received as much consideration as the oldest and most conspicuous general. This surprised us most agreeably and completed the enchantment, which will live forever in the memory of those of us who had the honor to belong to the grand army and participate in its festivities.
|Army of the Potomac Winter Ball, Feb 1864 (Harper's Weekly)|