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Civil War diary of James Francis Beall, Jul - Oct 1864

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last monday morning the 24th so after the rain I planted some 3000 tobacco plants & finished planting my cabbages The tobacco season coming so late I thought it best to sow my ground sufficient for 5000 plants in buckwheat which I done yesterday the 26 inst.

Monday Aug. the 8th
On last monday morning Ned came back to go to work having left the 25 of June for harvest & just returned now my work is nearly done. I started him. Crops are failing very much for want of rain. On the 30 ult. at 4:40 mins A. M. Grant blew up one of the reble forts around Petersburg Va. and thought he had the place but lost thousands of his men & had to leave the fort.
Our cow we call Pink had a fine calf on the 19th of June. We call it Heart.

Aug. 31st 1864
Mr. Maxwell drove his sheep (39 in number) home yesterday. Father drove his home today (25 in no.) Father gave me several lambs for pasturing his sheep but Mr. Maxwell gave me not one cents worth.
A bush meeting commenced at Cedar Grove on last Sunday. It is still continuing.

Saturday Sept. 24th 1864
Miss Mary Maxwell & Lidia Shoemaker (from Georgetown D. C.) was here & attended the meeting. It closed on the 2d inst. Edgar went up with Wilm. Maxwell & the girls on the 31st ult. We just got him home yesterday. My tobacco having started to Balto. on the 15th inst. I took Mollie & Johnnie to Mr. Maxwell's on last Sunday. On monday I went to Baltimore, found all well. I returned to Mr. Max's on last thursday. We all came home on yesterday evening bringing sis Maxwell & Tommie Beall with us.

Monday Oct. the 3d 1864
Mr. Maxwell came down on last Wednesday & helped me to make cider &


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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