Wednesday, November 28, 2012

1862 November 29 Fauquier County, Va.

[from the diary of Anne Madison Willis Ambler]

Saturday, November 29, 1862

Was anxious to get a piece of
work done & sewed busily all day came to
my room quite early & after haveing put
all my little ones to sleep sad down to
prepare for the Sabbath--
What does a review of the past week
show. sin, sin, sin.  I go on in my
own strength endeavouring to do my duty-
I am not asking right or I know that God
would give me more of his grace to strengthen
me, help me, & teach me to stand--O that
I would cast aside all righteousness of mine own=Come
to Jesus--O' Lord, I believe, help thou mine
unbelief- - - . .

Just as I was ready to retire heard footsteps
& voices coming, went to the window & heard
some one ask to stay all night.  It proved to
to[sic] be Mr Lackland & Mr Hoff-were running
from the Yankees.  They had appeared in
Berryville & all of our pickets have been
drawn from there to, or near, Winchester-
=I was so shocked that I could not
sleep & woke up very early the
next morning

[Portions transcribed in 1972 by her granddaughter Anne Madison Wright Baylor]

MSS 15406

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