1862 November 30 Lynchburg, Va.

[from the diary of William M. Blackford, bank officer and former diplomat with five sons in the Confederate Army]

Sunday 30  A fine bright & not very cold
day.  I see in the Virginian with
some introductory remarks, a piece
of poetry called “Rodes Brigade”
published during the summer in the
Rich? papers. It was written by
a young Carter-brother of the gal-
lant Capt Carter, who commands the
battery attached to the Brigade and
a nephew of H.Carter of Shirley
I think the lines are as splendid as
any I have seen [?] by the war.
The writer was killed in a skirmish
a few days after Malvern Hills.  In
the introductory remarks, which are
intended to recount the services of the
Brigade, it is mentioned that Eugene
is major of the 5″ one of the Regi-
ments of the Brigade
Lanty recd a note this morning
from Mrs. Col. Steptoe requesting
him to act as a sponsor for her child
whom she wishes baptised this evening
at 3.  This is a great compliment to
his christian character. Fine sermon
by Mr. Kinckle.  At three the bap
tism took place and qr past
3 we had evening services.

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