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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Dec 1860- Jan 1861

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We arrive at our journeys end about sun set the same day. We find the country in many places very poor with much sand & pine timber. We here stay until after Christmas visiting the neighbors etc untill January 3d 1861 at which time Brother A. Cason returns from Cousin R. whither he had been & brings us unfavourable news from Md. & conclud to return to Md. immediately.

Saturday Jan. 5th
My lady, myself, sister, her babes & a colered girl leave Jefferson Co for Md. We arrived safely at Cousin R’s the same day & on receiving another letter from home stating that my mother is extremely ill we leave cousin Rs. 1 ½ o clock AM Jan 6th & arrive at Augusta about daylight. We are here detained untill night at 7 o’clock at which time we take a S. C. train for the north.
While in Augusta my lady & myself attend a M. E. Church & hear a fine sermonds. In the evening of the same day a negro procession (passed the hotel at which we had put up) on its way to a negro burial, the procession being composed of about one thousand negroes finely dressed & looking hearty.
We leave Augusta at the above stated time while passing through Hamburg S. C. We were saluted by several guns fired in honour of S. C.'s. secession. The people in the south at this time are much excited on the slavery question as well as secession.
We returned by the same rout & arrived at Washington D. C. 2 o’clock P. M. Jan. 8th 1861. Both in going south & returning we spent a very pleasant time as well as enjoying the scenery


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

On December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first state to declare its secession from the United States


Collection Location:
Cumberland, Md.

Original Size:
32 x 21 cms

United States --History --Civil War, 1861-1865 --Personal narratives, Confederate; James Francis Beall.

Frederick & Montgomery County, Md., 1859-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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