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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Apr - May 1863

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Another of my pigs is dead, know not what ailed it.

Saturday May the 2d 1863
Yesterday evening we gardened some & about 12 o'clock today I started to Hyatt town but got no offall.[?]

Wednesday May the 6th
On monday last I again commenced ploughing for corn. Same day I commenced to finish my tobacco bed but before we could finish it the rain stopped us.
Father came down same day & brought his sheep & some cattle to pasture & a man by the name of Allen from Ky. to work for me. I hired him for a month & am to give him $9.00 mo. Yesterday a little after noon it again commenced raining nearly all the time since so that I have hauled but very little manure out since father brought their oxen & cart down for that purpose.

Monday May the 18th
I commenced planting corn on last Saturday morning (May the 16th ) in the graveyard field & today we finished the piece of about 9 acres. I have yet about 11 acres to break for corn.
There was on last Saturday & sunday a week a very severe battle fought between Hookers army & the confederates near Fredericksburg Va. the yankees falling back. We can yet see no signs of peace.

May the 27th 1863
There has been no rain now since the 13th inst. & the ground has become very dry and hard. I have planted but 9 acres of corn yet & have some 4 or 5 acres yet to break. Farmers are finishing planting corn generally. On last Saturday Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell came down to see us and returned on monday. Another pig is dead.


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

The Second Battle of Fredericksburg took place on May 3, 1863, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, as part of the Battle of Chancellorsville.


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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