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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall. Nov 1861 - Jan 1862

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from the state of Georgia. I arose on Saturday morning (Oct. 26th ), held family prayer, May the Lord go with Mollie & I through life, bless us, protect us, & eventually save us in Heaven with all for whom we should pray, is my prayer.

January the 2d 1862
My dear Mollie & I have just returned from a visit at my father's & father-in-law's at which places we have been stopping since Dec. 24th 1861. Thanks be unto God our health is very good at present. My mother "dear mother" seems to get but very little better. May the Lord comfort her heart speedily.
We have not had much cold or rough weather yet. Indeed the weather has been uncommonly warm and pleasant for this season of the year.
The war (between the two sections of our country) is still in progress, yet nothing much is doing by either party. The confederates acting on the defensive, while the Government is preparing to fight or rather spending its money for nothing. Colonel Baker from Gen. Stone's division (which is stationed near Poolesville) crossed the Potomac some time ago with a regiment or so of men with the intention of going to Leesburg in Va. but was killed at a place called Ball's Bluf & his men were driven back into the river with great loss. Many were killed, wounded or drowned, yet some swam the river and escaped.
General Scott (commander in chief of the Federal forces) resigned sometime since then. The command fell on Gen. Mclenen.
The Southern Confederacy some time since sent Messrs. Mason & Slidel to England as commissioned on board the Trent (a British mail steamer). Lieutenant Wilks (in the service of the U. S.) overtook them near Southampton, England, took them as prisoners & brought them to the U. S. which act England regarded as an insult to her flag.


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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