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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Sep 1862

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I suppose intending to drive the rebles from the woods north of town, about 9 o'clock about a company of yankees formed in line E. & W. some 6 or 7 hundred yards long and swept over town followed by a Regiment of infantry which passed up the Washington road through town. Then came another regiment & passed into the alley west of the main road & formed fronting east I suppose expecting the rebbles to drive their advance back at which time they could give them a flank fire; but fortunately for us no rebles came. They then passed on north of town Then came on the yankee army & with it destruction. They passed on in three columns by the thousands.

Friday Sept. 12th 6 o'clock P. M.
Troops have been passing through continually since yesterday morning more or less. Nearly all the pumps in town have given out & clean water we cannot get.

Monday Sept. 15th
On last thursday Brother L. Thomas Beall left and went over to my father's. On Sunday morning (yesterday) Mr. A. Maxwell came over & informs us that L. T. Beall, J. F. Maxwell, W. E. Maxwell & J. Martin all left with the confederates on friday morning last. Mr. M. thinks we are in a dangerous place & says we had better leave. Mollie, Edgar & Martha went home with him on yesterday evening. On yesterday the yankees & rebles were fighting between Frederick & Middletown. We heard the guns very plainly. It is called the battle of South Mountain in which neither party can claim a victory. The rebles however fell back last night towards Middletown.

Tuesday Sept. 16th
I went over to Mr. Maxell's yesterday morning & returned this evening. Wilm. Maxwell & J. Martin went as far as Hagerstown & returned to Boonsborrough on Sunday. On monday morning they got into the yankee lines & arrived home on monday night & say that the secesh is all out of them. They went on


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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