Monday, November 19, 2012

1862 November 19 Lynchburg, Va.

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

Wednesday  19 Weather threatning
cloudy confined by business Recd
Davis & his wife & went to Flat Creek
in the carriage which met them
here. News that the enemy are reti
-ring from Culpeper & seeking tide wa
ter by the left bank of Rappahan
=nock. Our army moving in a paral
-lel  line--It is evident that Richd
is the object-whether they will ad
vance upon it from Frdg. or take
Shipping and advance as McClellan
did is doubtful:  I have very little
fear that Richmond will fall.
Got a telegram from Charles  say-
-ing the order was a mistake which
was discovered & repaired before
he got there. he will be home in
the morning & much relieved, but
still indignant at the foul wrong
done him--Mary very uneasy:
still suffering much from the boil
-We were roused at qr past ten-
-just the same we were disturbed
last night--by a carriage driving
to the door and a push at the Bell
to our equal surprise and gra
tification it proved to be William
He was ordered to [Richd?] to get [?]
got a few days leave.  brought Mrs
Stuart home & thought he would
take a run to [Lburg &  us?] He is very
well--has undergone great hardships
& was exposed to many dangers-
The train was detained and there
was difficulty in getting a hack.
Hence the late hour--He got supper
-threw himself on the lounge in the
Library Slept til 4 and then went
to the Depot to proceed on his journey
He will be back in a day or two
& bring Mary with him. I long
to hear of his adventures.

MSS 4763

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