In what is now Lee County, Mississippi, the Reverend Samuel Andrew Agnew--a Confederate sympathizer--hears rumors of a Union cavalry raid.
December 21, 1863
This morning was hazy and cold, but I do not think as cold as it has been: it may be that I am getting more used to the cold weather and so do not feel it as sensibly as at the commencement of the cold spell. The day throughout has been clouded and looks like we might have rain or snow. A young Mr. Littrell was here this morning hunting corn for Glenn, who lives at the Rodgers place. He got none. He himself lives near Middleton Tenn. He says the Tories are worse on the citizens than the Yankees.
The Yankees threaten a raid
Jimmie Martin was over this evening. At Bartlett's Mill a Mr. Bounds told him that the Yankees were at Frank Stubbs' this morning. I don't believe it. Jimmie saw a Mr. Prather who lives near Mr. Stubbs. He knew nothing about it. Mr. Jeno has lately returned from up near Corinth, and reports that the Yankees have orders to cook 10 days rations and they say they intend to eat their Christmas dinner at Tupelo. Littrell has heard the same, with the difference only that the Christmas dinner was to be eat at Okolona. It may be possible the Yankees contemplate a Raid during the Christmas holidays.
Rode over to Aunt Rilla's tonight. Write a note to Shanger about his trips to McAlister's. See Mobile News of 7 & 9th and Miss'ian of the 10. Our Congress is in session at Richmond. On the 7th Yankee Cavalry made a demonstration at Ringgold but Col. Grigsby drove them beyond. This is the latest news from Dalton. The papers are very silent about affairs in Ga. From what I see I believe that the reported advance of our army to Chickamauga is false. The day throughout has been cloudy but is warmer.