Item description: Diary entry, 10 April 1863, by Taylor Beatty (b. 1837), a lawyer from Thibodaux, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, serving under General Braxton Bragg . On 12 January 1863, General Bragg offered Beatty a position, which he accepted, in the office of the Inspector General. On 3 February, Beatty was appointed judge of the Military Court of Lieutenant General Hardee’s Corps, then under General Bragg in the Army of Tennessee. During the rest of the war Beatty served on this court, trying various cases including some courts martial. In this diary entry Beatty recorded that he observed a review of Hardee’s troops, noting that they performed for the entertainment of ladies visiting Hardee from Huntersville (Tenn.?).
Rode out to a review of Hardee’s troops to-day. the troops did very well _ weather was good but ground dusty_ A great many spectators especially ladies _ for whom Genl Hardee has given the entertainment _ he has several at his house _ and this is the second or third time they have come up from Huntersville. The report is that the fight at Charleston is still going on.