Monday, April 30, 2012

1862 May 1 Staunton, Va.

[from the diary of Joseph A. Waddell, former owner and editor of the Staunton Spectator]

Thursday night, May 1, 1862.
Nothing of interest yesterday. Legh's folks returned 
home. Lucy and Kitty are sweet children, and both 
of them, especially the latter, "take to" me very much. 
The intelligence from New Orleans was that the Federal 
fleet was at the city. Not a word from there to-day, but it 
is conceded that the Federalists now almost have command 
of the Mississippi river. The first rumor this morning was 
that Jackson's army was on the way to Winchester; the next, 
and apparently more reliable, that Jackson was march-
ing into the Valley to meet the enemy at McGaheysville, 
while Ewell was moving to meet a Federal force in Page 
county; the third, that Jackson was at Port Republic last
night, and Ewell in the camp at Swift Run Gap; and 
 the last, that Jackson was at Harrisonburg. Coming home 
before night, I met the Express boy who was said to have brought 
the third report. He contradicted it entirely, said Jackson was 
at Swift Run, when he left this morning, and nothing 
indicated an intention to move. We have had no tidings for 
several days of the enemy in the West. Northern papers re-
port that their troops occupying Staunton! Another rainy, 
melancholy day. A number of stores closed doors, because 
the stock of goods does not justify the payment of license 

[transcription by the Valley of the Shadow Project]

MSS 28-258

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