Saturday, November 17, 2012

1862 November 18 Lynchburg, Va.

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

Tuesday 18  The morning was overcast & threat
night ning. Meem & I were invited to
go on an excursion to the Salt works
with the President of Rail Road. He
had determined to go and I could not
therefore-but he declined and I
would have gone could I have learned
it on time this morning--it is fortunate
I did not as Marys indisposition
is assuming a grave cast and she
suffers from a very severe boil on
her thigh. I was much surprised at
8 oclock to receive a message from
Charles requesting I would not go
down street until he came over.  It
was a mystery to me what cd
have brought him back so soon. It
appears that by some mistake as I
am sure it will turn out, he was
announced in orders as "dropped." He
was of course very much excited and
incensed against Munford who he alled-
ges is the cause.  It is a gross injustice
and shall be avenged-but I do not
believer there is intention to do him wrong
in the department.  He went to Rich
mond on the eveng train.  I dined with
him at his house--Mr Hanson & Mr
Johnson, one a minister  of our church from
Martinsburg & the other a Baptist min-
ister spent the eveng here.  Mr H was
very kind to Lanty in [Fr.?] I recorded
the  arrival of Mr Davis & his wife as
happening of last night--This was an
error--they came to night. I never
saw a man more informed in every
aspect than Mr Hanson.

MSS 4763

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