Monday, November 12, 2012

1862 November 13 Staunton, Va.

[from the diary of James Addison Waddell, civilian employee of the Quartermaster Dept.]
Thursday, Nov. 13, 1862,

No report from the troops who went out yesterday, but other persons from Shenandoah Mt. state that no Yankees have been there. They are certainly coming into Pendleton, however, in considerable force. It is now said that they did not get Glendy's hogs. Extracts from Canada papers show that a belief prevails there that England and France are about to acknowledge our independence. A Boston paper (the "Pilot") calls for peace. Riots have occurred among the U. S. soldiers in Rhode Island and at Chicago.
Young Sherrer, who staid at our house last Spring, after the battle of Kernstown, called to see us last night and took dinner with us to-day. He was wounded again at the battle of Sharpsburg, Md. A hundred or more Yankee prisoners arrived to-day from the lower Valley.

No definite intelligence about the Yankees in Highland — a rumor that they have gone towards the Warm Springs. The British Minister, Lord Lyons, has arrived at Washington, accompanied by Simon Cameron, late U. S. Minister to Russia. The London Times says the British Secretary of War, in his speech against immediate intervention, spoke the sentiment of the Ministry; but report says that Cameron expresses the belief that England + France will interfere before long, and that the Confederates are fitting out vessels in British ports to attack New York city. We have had various reports from the North of a Confederate navy brig under way in England — of course our government does not divulge the pact, if the reports are true in any measure. Gen. McClelland has been superseded, taken from the command of the army, removed or resigned. We attach much importance to this circumstance.

[transcript by the Valley of the Shadow project]

MSS 38-258

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