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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Apr - May 1864

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April 22d 1864
The weather has now become fine and I have about 10 acres yet to break for corn. On the 20th inst. Duck had a fine colt (Queen). On tuesday the 19th inst. Hannah (coloured woman) commenced work for me by the year at $5.00 per mo.
I finished seeding oats on the 19th inst. I sowed about 18 bu. On the 20th. & 21th inst. I planted about three bu. Peach blow potatoes.

Tuesday May the 10th 1864
I commenced planting corn on last thursday the 5th inst. & planted 7 or 8 acres. Today I commenced planting again in the old orchard, have some 5 acres to break yet although a great many farmers are through. The weather has been very warm for the last 4 or 5 days. I now have 12 lambs all doing well.

Thursday May the 19th 1864
On yesterday a week ago I finished planting corn on the old orchard & intended to plant the remainder of the graveyard field (which I had broken) on last friday & Saturday but the rainy weather set in so that I have just commenced it this evening. I finished shearing my sheep today. They will average about 5 lbs. of wool to the sheep making in all 90 lbs. Mr. Maxwell came down yesterday the 18th Inst. & brought down 23 old sheep & 16 lambs making in all 39 to pasture. He returned this morning.

Monday May the 23d 1864
I finished planting a piece of corn of about 6 or 7 acres in the graveyard field last Saturday morning the 21st inst., have 5 acres to break yet. My tobacco plants are nearly large enough to plant out. I planted some watermellons, cantelopes & squash seed Saturday last.


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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