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

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we see no ray of hope for peace. Congress having authorized 500,000 men & $5,000,000,000 to prosecute the war & the Confederate States making all preparations for the war. We cannot conceive what the result may be.
I closed my term of one quarter as teacher of the Locust Grove School on yesterday.
My mother is still uncomforted, still troubles & greaves through imagination about what will come to pass in regard to the family. May God who rules over all comfort her heart speedily.
Our country is tolerably healthful at present. Weather moderately warm. Wheat harvest is over. There is a tolerable yeild but hardly an average crop will be realized.

July 22d 1861
A battle was fought on yesterday between the federal forces under General McDowel & the Confederates under General Beauregard at a place called Bull-Run a few miles from Manases junction in Va. resulting in a great victory for the Confederates. Fifteen thousand federals killed & wounded & fifteen hundred of the Confederates according C. F. Linthicum’s statement who was in the battle.

October the 28th 1861
Since the battle of Bull's Run there has been much fighting between the state troops of Missouri & Kentucky and the Government troops. The eminent General Lyons (Federal) was killed in Missouri some time since. Col. Muligan was forced to surrender to the Confederates under Gen. Price at Lexington, Mo. Since lyons death the federals have lost much & gained nothing in Mo. There has been considerable fighting on water too in the last month or so


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas, was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the City of Manassas.


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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