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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Apr-Jul 1861

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April 2d 1861
I may here note the death of Sister Trail. She was crossing Bennets creek today in company with her son William & when nearly over fell with her head in the water (near the butment of the bridge on which she had crossed) & was either drowned or killed by the fall.

Wednesday April 3d
Her remains were today buried at Koontz Chaple.
I commenced teaching school today at Locust Grove commencing for a quarter only.

April the 13th 1861
Fort Sumpter S. C. was today surrendered by Maj. Anderson to Gen. Beauregard commander of forces of the Confederate states. Our country is all excitement at this time N. & S.

Saturday Apr. 13th
Wilhemena Kohlhass today died of Diptheria.

Apr. 17th
Her sister Clandacia died of the same disease.

April 19th 1861
Today while some Government troops were passing through Baltimore city, Md. (on their way to Washington D. C.) a crowd of persons collected in the street and a riot was commenced by some boys and Irish & Dutch workmen, in which several citizens & some of the Government troops were killed or wounded.

May 10th 1861
On the evening of the 10th & 11th May 1861 camp Jackson Missouri being taken possession of by Government troops a riot ensued in which several citizens and government soldiers were killed & many more wounded.

Saturday July the 20th 1861
The war between the northern & southern sections of the United States has been increasing since the 10th May. It has attained an alarming height. The excitement & feelings all over the country are inexpressible. Many men has fallen on both sides & as yet


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

The Battle of Fort Sumter (April 12–13, 1861) was the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, South Carolina. The Pratt Street Riots took place on April 19, 1861, in Baltimore, Maryland between Confederate sympathizers and members of the Massachusetts militia en route to Washington for Federal service.


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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