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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Jul 1864

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Tuesday July the 12th 1864
The weather has become very dry. No rain yet of account. The confederates under Gen. Early came from Richmond through the valley of Va. & crossed the Potomac at Williamsport & thereabouts & on to Hagerstown, Middletown & to Frederick City on last thursday the 7th inst. & on Saturday the 9th drove the yankees from the junction of the railroad & passed on towards Washington reaching Gaithersburg Sunday night the 10th. On yesterday evening (monday 11th ) we heard heavy firing in the direction of Washington.

Thur, Jul 14th
Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell came down on the 12th inst. It appears that the confederates swept the horses as they passed through Md. taking from the farmers one, two & sometimes six or seven horses. A very few escaped them. From me they took Prince & Jack leaving me but Duck & she suckling a colt. (Prince was at father's at the time) (He borrowed him to work to his reaper.) Yesterday we heard that the rebles were crosing the Potomac again. No rain yet to do any good or at least to make a tobacco season.

Thursday July the 21st
Yesterday four mean yankees came here. They pretended to want water & went to the spring & swallowed Mollie’s pot of cream sufficient to make three lbs. of butter. On last Saturday I found my old sow with nine fine pigs I suppose three days old. On last sunday uncle Martin H. Batson called to see me, returned the same day. A slight rain having fallen last night sufficient to wet the ground an inch I planted 1200 tobacco plants & 300 cabbage plants.

July 27th
We had a very good rain on


James Francis Beall

Janice Beall

The event Beall describes here is now known as the Battle of Monocacy


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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