Nothing new or important in our army. We were relieved to hear that the number who surrendered at Donelson was not so great as at first reported; the true number is 7,000, which is too many for us to lose! I trust they may be kindly treated. I know that we have friends at the North, but will they dare to be friendly openly? Oh. I hope they may have mercy on our prisoners! We have had some hope of recognition by France and England, but they still look on with folded arms.
SOURCE: McGuire, Judith W., Diary of a Southern Refugee, During the War, p. 96