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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Mar 1862

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March 15th 1862
My mother was over to see us not long since & stayed with us some two weeks. She seems to get but little better. May the Lord remember her in his mercy.
We have had some very wet weather & the roads have been in a dreadful condition.

Mar. 24th 1862
For several days I have not been very well but I am now blessed with good health.
On Saturday morning March 22d 1862 my dear Mollie was much complaining but it so turned out as not to be unnatural as on the evening of the same day (March the 22d 1862) about 10 minutes before twelve o'clock she brought forth a fine son whom we call Robert Edgar. May the Lord Bless him and I thank the Lord she & her infant are now doing as well as could be expected.

Mar. 31st
Mollie's mother came over to see her on the 24th inst. and remained several days with us.

April 8th 1862
The weather has been very good for some time but on yesterday evening it commenced snowing & hailing. This morning the snow was about four inches deep. It has continued to snow, hail or rain during today. On the 4th inst. I had the pleasure of meeting with my old friend C. F. Linthicum who came to Md. on the 1st inst. He informed me that there was but two [Mass?] regiments numbering about 800 men each & the 8th Va. of 375 men including himself that were engaged in the fight of Ball's Bluff. The federals no. from 7 to 10 thousand & they took prisoners from 7 different regiments & that he with 42 other men of his regiment captured 290 prisoners after the battle was over. They surrendered without firing a gun. The two sections of our country are still engaged in the bloody strife.


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

A Charles F. Linthicum was the chaplain for the 8th Virginia Infantry.

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


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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