Tuesday, July 31, 2012

1862 August 1 Lynchburg, Va.

[from the diary of William M. Blackford, bank officer and former diplomat with five sons in the Confederate Army]

Friday Aug 1  Beautiful morning.  Telegram
from Dr. Minor saying that Eugene
was doing well last but still fever
ish--Recd note from Robt. Saunders
asking me to send Eugene's Horse
to him to keep until he was wanted
-The remains of Lawrence Meem
and six others, killed at Seven Pines
arrived to day--Busy in the Evg
making arrangements for the funeral
tomorrow.  Succeeded in frustrating
schemes which would have spoiled
the whole affair.  It was agreed
to have [just?] one procession.  the Bodies
were deposited at in the vestibule of the
2d Presbyterian church.  They were as
follows  Meem--Terry, Tyree[?] --Reid
Cross, Elliott--The body of Russell
was taken into the country--all of them
belonged to the Home Guard, except
Meem who was one of the staff, but had
been orderly & Lt. of the same company
It has lost in battle 12 or 13--besides
near 40 wounded.  When it was
raised it bore the reproach of being
a Band Box company--not fit for
service--Letters from Lanty & Charles

MSS 4763

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