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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Sep 1862

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some days ago near Culpeper Ch. Va. in which Gen. Pope's army suffered severely being driven back to Washington leaving thousands of his dead on the field. The confederate army under Generals Hill, Jackson & Lee commenced crossing the Potomac into Md. the day before yesterday evening. They then proceeded to Frederick taking possession of Fredk. junction etc.

Sept. 6th
A portion of the confederate army is now between this place (Hyattstown) & Urbanna. C. F. Linthicum called to see us this evening, from whom I learn that sister M. M. Cason's family is well & that Bro. A. H. Cason was not in the army when heard from.

Monday Sept. 8th
The confederates now hold Hyattstown. Bro. J. F. Maxwell came over on Saturday evening. The Rebles (as the government troops call the confederates) sent a scouting party over the long hill south of this place yesterday but meeting with no opposition they returned. The Yankee pickets (as they are called) made their appearance on longhill yesterday evening. Bro. J. F. M. returned yesterday evening & Bro. L. Thos. Beall came over yesterday evening to go to school this morning. We went to the school house but having but three scholars we returned.
This evening two companies of the Yankee cavelry made a dash through the town. They went on the hill near Wilm. Mclean's , fired a few shot, lost a horse or so & returned.

Wednesday Sept. 10th 1862
The rebles are again back in town. This evening they threw a number of shell from the hills North of town on longhill driving the yankee pickets out of sight. A scouting party of rebles cavelry then went on longhill & in a short time returned again playing Maryland & Dixie on their bugle which was quite reviving to the frightened inhabitants caused by the screaming shells flying over town a few hours before. But no damage was done.

Thursday Sept. 11th
Last night was very quiet. This morning the yankee pickets again made their appearance & in a few hours about 12 or 15 guns were planted on longhill by the yankees. They then threw a number of shells over town,


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

A description of the route of the Confederates can be found at Maryland Scenic Byways, Antietam Campaign


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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