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

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Monday Sept 22d
I have had no school now for two weeks on account of troops in the neighborhood, but commenced today. Mollie came home yesterday evening when I ceased to keep bachelor's hall.

Saturday Sept. 27th
We had some frost yesterday morning & the morning before. Straglers are still passing the road. Also teams ambulances etc. The scarlet fever has made its appearance in & around this place. Four or five children have died by it but we have escaped thus far. The Lord protect us in this time in war and pestilence.

Saturday Oct. 4th 1862
I stopped school on last Wednesday & went down to Dr. Hughes farm below Clarksburg (which I have rented) & seeded some 3 bu. of rye & 4bu. of Lancaster wheat & returned this evening. Straglers are still about the meanest wretches under the sun.
I sent my horse over to Mr. Maxwell's today.

Saturday Oct. 11th
A yankee souldier died at A. Tabler's on the 2d inst.
I commenced school on monday last & taught untill yesterday when I went to Rockville and got exempt from draft. After the battle of Antietam the rebles moved south of the Potomac about Winchester Va. at which place they remain. The yankees living on the north side.

Saturday Oct. 18th 1862
On last Sunday morning we were greatly surprised to see Gen. Stuart's cavelry passing through this place. It appears that on thursday night Oct. 9th some two or three regiments of confederate cavalry under Gen. Stuart crossed the Potomac at McCoy's ferry near Hancock & on friday morning the 8th proceeded to Mercersburg & Chambersburg in Franklin Co. Pa. They remained in Chambersburg untill Saturday morning & about 8 o'clock left & passed through Emmitsburg, Woods Borough, Liberty, New Market, Hyattstown, Barnesville, & on to


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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