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

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and kind a mother as the world ever knew. O that my God would smile graciously upon her & bless her & comfort her troubled heart.
Our country is tolerably healthy at this time though the Typhoid fever is prevalent in some places. Thank the Lord my Mollie & I have been blessed with very good health for some time.
I commenced teaching school at Locust Grove school this morning. Had but few scholars the patrons not knowing that school was to commence today the 28th Oct. 1861.
I still feel by the blessing of God that I must till the ground as I consider it the happiest & most independant life that I can live, (that is to be a farmer).
I contracted with my Father-in-law for 42 acres of land & made arrangements to seed a fall crop & went so far as to survey the land & he then refused to let me have it.
I yet live in hope through the grace of God of being able to call some spot of ground my own where I & my loved one may live in peace & independant of fickle minded men. May the Lord bless & prosper me, fill my heart with his love & lead me in the path of truth & true Holiness & comfort the heart of my Mollie who is seeking the evidence of her acceptance with her God.

Nov. 2d 1861
My spiritual sun is still bright though this day has been dark, blustery & the rain has been falling incessently. We kindled our first fire (when we commenced housekeeping) on last friday with matches (presented to us by my father-in-law)(and pine lightwood) which I brought


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall


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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