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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Oct 1861

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resulting in no material advantage to either party. The federal forces under Gen. Butler took a small fort or battery on Hatteras island on the coast of N. Carolina. There has been considerable skirmishing along the Potomac from Washington City to Harper’s Ferry particularly near the chain bridge. A sharp fight took place on Monday the 21st inst. between the Potomac & Leesburg in which the federal forces were driven back & into the P. River. Some seventy five or a hundred were drowned (as stated by one of the federal souldiers who swam the river & escaped. Col. Baker & many other officers of different rank were killed, which seems to show that the confederates’ aim was principally at the officers.
Both the federals & confederates make use of their wits in playing the yankee in order to defeat their opponents in which the confederates greatly excel, Baloon ascensions the occupying of elevated positions & making signs to their comrades are becoming common. The federals now occupy the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain, have erected an observatory some 35 feet high on its summit.
I remained at my Father's & Father-in-law’s together since I stopped school at Locust Grove, working on my father-in-law’s most of my time since harvest untill thursday & friday the 24th & 25th of Oct. 1861 at which time I moved with my dear Mollie to this place (Hyattstown Montgomery Co Md. & now occupy a house here, owned by George Webster. My mother is still in a bad state of mind or rather giving away to trouble because she has her mind but having many thing to contend with she has given up to trouble about the future destiny of her children. God of mercy bless and save her for she has served thee & has been an affectionate tender heart


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

The Battle of Ball's Bluff, also known as the Battle of Harrison’s Island or the Battle of Leesburg, was fought on October 21, 1861, in Loudoun County, Virginia, as part of Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's operations in Northern Virginia during the American Civil War.


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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