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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Jan - Feb 1863

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second time & destroyed the Government stores there. The weather has been very pleasant and mild during most of the fall and winter so far.

January 24th 1863
The weather has been wet & cold most of the time since we left Hyattstown untill a few days past. Today it is quite warm & the ground being fit to plough I commenced today to break corn ground, it being the first ground I ever broke for myself. May the lord bless my effort. I now begin to feel like I am at home, having my little stock around me my little family to care for, the soil to cultivate. I feel that I am at that business which I love to & which I expect to follow (farming).

January 31st, 1863
I continued to plough on last monday & tuesday but snow commenced falling just before day on wednesday morning & it snowed incesently untill thursday morning after sunrise & probably would have been 18 in. or 2 feet deep had it not melted very fast.

February the 7th 1863 (Saturday)
During most of the week the weather has been very cold. On last tuesday morning some snow fell. In the evening it turned extremely cold & windy. On thursday snow & rain fell incesently & today we had a fine clear day but the ground is frozen very hard. Therefore I suppose I shall not be able to plough any more for some time. We all enjoy the great blessing of good health, thank the Lord.
There seems not to be much doing in war matters on the Potomac, but nearly every day Congress passes some law offensive to the people.

Saturday February the 14th 1863
Last tuesday was like a spring day & on Wednesday I commenced ploughing again & after dinner it commenced snowing very fast and continued untill night but I continued to plough untill night. Same day (being the 11th inst.) (my birthday) my flock of sheep was increased by one lamb. We now have two fine lambs.


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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