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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, June 1863

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her babe are now doing well. Mother & sis returned on the 15th inst. On last friday Mrs. Maxwell came down & returned today. On last friday & Saturday we had some rain the first to wet the ground since the 13th of May. On last friday & Saturday I planted about 3,000 tobacco plants.

Friday, June the 26th
On last tuesday & wednesday I planted my later potatoes. Yesterday I prepared about 7000 hills for tobacco & today we planted it there having been considerable rain fell last night & today. My father came down & returned on Monday. Mollie & her infant are doing well. She is now out of bed.

July 4th 1863
The weather has become very rainy & wet. On thursday last (July 1st ) I done my first ploughing of corn, have 12 acres not harrowed yet. I cut 4 shocks of rye this evening. Harvest is commenced generally. The worms have cut about 5000 of my tobacco plants off.
We have all had bad colds in the last few days except Mollie. She & her infant are doing well. My pigs are all dead long since & one of my killing hogs is sick.
The confederate army have been in Md. & Pa. for a week & more but where they are now I do not know.

July 8th 1863
On monday last I planted 3000 tobacco plants, have planted some 4 times. The weather has been exceedingly wet for some time. Today we had a very heavy rain. It is reported that the Potomac is very high. Gen. Lee’s army is at South mountain had a heavy battle with Hooker's (now Mead's) army. It is also


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

The action he describes here is the Battle of Gettysburg, and the retreat of the Confederates after the battle. The flooded Potomac meant Lee's army could not move beyond Williamsport.


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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