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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Apr-Sep 1862

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April the 9th 1862, 6 o'clock P. M.
The weather has assumed the appearance of midwinter. It is now snowing very fast & had been either snowing, raining or hailing during the day.

April 10th
Snow stopped falling this morning about 6 o'clock, when the clouds disappeared & the day has been clear & bright.

May 25th 1862
We were over in our father's neighborhood a week ago & stayed some time. All are as well as could be expected. We have done most of our gardening. I planted my lot of corn on the 17th inst. Finished about 10 o'clock at night.

June 27th
I stopped teaching at L. G. today.

July 28th 1862
We went to my father's on the 4th inst. Commenced cutting wheat next day.

Tuesday the 8th inst.
Francis A. Maxwell was taken sick with bilious fever and in a week or two appeared to be getting well when he was taken with relapse and on the 24th inst. died aged 7 yrs, 9 mos. & 7 days. Although just budding into youth & a most interesting boy it pleased God to take him from earth to be with him in Heaven. O God, prepare us to meet him there. He leaves many aching hearts on account of his departure.
We returned home on the 26th inst. accompanied by Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell.

Monday July 28th
Mr.& Mrs. Maxwell returned today. We had the pleasure of meeting with Rev. Wilson (on yesterday) the man whom Gen. Banks held some time as prisoner but could do nothing with. His story was quite amusing. There was an awful battle fought a few days ago near Richmond Va. between the federal forces under McClellen & the confederates under Gen. Lee in which the federals were completely routed & many thousands killed & wounded. It is known as the seven days fight before Richmond.

August 25th 1862
I commenced teaching today at L. Grove by subscription.

Sept. 3d 1862
We hired a colored girl Martha today at $.50 per mo.

Saturday Sept. 6th 1862
There was a severe battle fought


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

The Seven Days Battles was a series of six major battles over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, near Richmond, Virginia. Confederate General Robert E. Lee drove the invading Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, away from Richmond and into a retreat down the Virginia Peninsula.


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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