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

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White's ferry at which place they crossed into Va. They brought from Pa. some 1500 fine horses, a great quantity of clothing & drygoods, some $12000, provisions, prisoners, destroyed a Magazine at Chambersburg & a good deal other Government stores, returned to Virginia & only lost some 3 or 4 men. This is considered one of the greatest achievements of ancient or modern times. They had some 6 pieces of artillery one of which was used in shelling over this this place on the 10th ultm. They crossed the Potomac into Va. on last Sunday morning about 8 o’clock completeing their march from Chambersburg a distance of 90 miles in 24 hours.

I received a letter from sister M. M. Cason in Ga. on the 4th inst. the first since March of 1861.

I found a shell today on longhill which the Rebles threw at the yankees on the 10th ult. It had buried itself about 2½ feet in the ground. Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell arrived here this evening. They say all are well. We have not heard from L. T. Beall or J. T. Maxwell since they left.

Oct. 25th 1862
Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell returned on last Sunday evening. The same day there were a great many ambulances & wagons from up the road. Some time this week some fellow pretending to be a confederate caused Mr. Rodes & Carelton Wolf to be arrested & sent to Harper's ferry. Today completes one year that I have lived here & I now acknowledge the Lords blessings & protection since we have been here. Sis Lucy & Lizy came over this evening. They state all well at father’s. This summer & fall has been exceedingly dry. Heavy frost night before last.


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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