[from the diary of Joseph A. Waddell, civilian employee of the Quartermaster Dept. and former owner and editor of the Staunton Spectator]
Wednesday night, April 16, 1862.
The general talk to-day had reference to the antici-
pated arrival here of the Federal army. The Banks have
made arrangements for departure upon an emergency,
and boxes are ready for packing the records of the Courts.
Mrs. McClung & Miss Agnes, it is now understood, are
to come to our house. I called to see them this morn-
ing on the subject. Probably Legh's family will come in
also. The Richmond train arrived at half past 4 o'clock
this afternoon — the first time for many months that
it has come so early. The North claims the victory in
the South West — they lost 20,000 men and we 35,000
to 40,000! This is the statement of their papers. No news in re-
gard to the war. Arch Alexander came in to-night, while
we were at supper, and afterwards Jimmy and Emma
Frazier — so we have a house full. Arch says Jackson's
army is quiet. The Yankees were said to have 10 to 20,000
men facing Jackson, and 14,000 more coming up. Arch
informs us that forty Federal prisoners, lately
confined in the Harrisonburg jail, have been
taken down to Jackson's army. I am utterly
at a loss to know what the movement means.
[transcription by the Valley of the Shadow project]