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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Aug 1863

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August 31st 1863
The weather has become very dry and cool. Our woods meeting at the Cedar Grove School house is now in progress. There was one mourner last night. Mr. Maxwell & his sis Elizabeth came down on Saturday last. Mr. Maxwell returned this morning. Before he left he handed me a letter which my father received on thursday last the 27th inst. from brother A. H. Cason informing us of the death of my beloved sister Mary Margaret Cason who departed this life on the morning of the 5th of May 1863 of inflamation of the stomach after an illness of ten days. Dearest sister thou hast left us. O! whither art thou gone? Thou who didst weep for joy at my first steps when Jesus had delivered me from the jaws of temporal death, whose affections for me as a brother can never be told. Whither art thou gone? I bless the name of Jesus that (Jesus who purchased salvation for thee & me) that living I may glorify his name who has pardoned thee & taken thee to himself and dying I may meet thee & enjoy his presence with thee. Fare well loved one but not for ever. I praise the Lord. I have a hope of meeting thee in glory. The Lord keep me faithful that we may meet never to part again. Sister leaves three interesting children Arthur, Ella & Bud, (not named). Arthur & Ella are twins & about four years old last month, Bud was about two years old last month (July 1863). Sister was twenty three years, eight months, & twenty two days old when she died. Brother Cason informs us that Monty Cason was wounded at the battle of Gettiesburg & left there. The letter was mailed at Old Point Comfort, Va.


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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