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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Mar 1863

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March 7th 1863
On last monday I went up to father's to help him thrash grain. The weather proving bad I did not get back untill yesterday evening & when I arrived found four of our near neighbors visiting us: Miss Mel, Mrs. Perdum, & Mr. & Mrs. Grifeth, found all well.
On last monday I again hired Martha (colored girl) from Mr. Hide (her master) at 50 cts. per month time to commence from the 12th of February 1863
Rain has been falling nearly all day today. Yesterday one of Mollie's ewes had a fine lamb.

Mar. 4th, 1863
We have had real March weather during the week. I ploughed half day yesterday but the ground this morning was too hard.

Monday Mar. the 16th
Yesterday morning Mollie & I walked down to the Presbyterian church on the Washington road & heard Rev. Henderson preach a very good sermon. In the morning I found that my dog Ceasar was very sick or nearly dead. He was taken with a severe vomiting on Saturday last. He grew worse & worse untill last night he died & yesterday evening my other dog Major refused to eat & today about 2 o'clock died being affected precisely like the other. My belief is that some deamon poisoned then. They both suffered excessively. May the deamon get what he deserves. Yesterday evening & last night hail & snow fell an inch or so deep.
This evening one of my ewes had a fine lamb.

Mar. 21st
Most of the week has been changeable & bad weather. I ploughed yesterday evening. This morning the ground was frozen quite hard & snow & rain has been falling during the day. We have two more lambs since monday last.

Mar. 28th
On last monday & tuesday I ploughed, but have done nothing at it since on account of the weather.


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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