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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Feb 1863

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Thursday morning the snow was thick on the ground but I ploughed untill the middle of the day when the snow melted & the ground became too wet. Late friday evening I commenced ploughing again & have been ploughing most of today. My no eared sow farrowed six fine pigs.

Feb. the 21st 1863
Last monday was a very fine warm day & of course I was ploughing all day. Tuesday morning snow commenced falling about 5 o’clock & continued untill 5 in the evening being about 7 in. deep. Same day (tuesday) Mr. Jacob Miller died after a short illness. He was one of our near neighbors and very old.
Wednesday & thursday were rainy & fogy. Snow melted very fast. Friday I went to Dr. Waters mill with 2 bu. of corn & had it ground into meal. Today the ground is nearly fit to plough again.
Yesterday morning at sunrise there was considerable snow on the ground again. Snow continued to fall untill 4 or 5 o clk. in the evening. The weather became extremely cold. Today was fine, snow melted scarcely any, it is about 6 in. deep. On last thursday my spotted ewe had two lambs. One of them was near dying yesterday but has revived.

Feb. 28th 1863
On last Wednesday the snow melted very fast. In the afternoon I took sis E. Maxwell to father's house. She had been staying with us ever since we moved here. I found them all well in Fredk. Co. except my poor mother who still grieves herself very much. May the Lord help her. I returned yesterday evening & find my little ones all safe under the protection of the Lord. Last night my spotted ewe died having two lambs, one of which was nearly dead with cold on last Sunday but by good attention they are now both fine lambs. The snow is not all gone yet


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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