Friday, November 2, 2012

1862 November 3 Lynchburg, Va.

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

Monday 3.  Continuation of fine weather
pretty busily engaged--Our South
Carolina soldier, his mother & bro-
ther got off on the S.S. train for home.
She had been here three weeks--he
not so long--She wanted to pay for
board--but I of course, would receive
nothing. they professed great gra-
titude--and think the removal
of Robert to this home saved his
life--As illustration of several
differences and manners I may men
-tion that she gave the cook ten
cents as  reward for her extra
trouble--They are in easy circum-
stances & have money plenty.  it
has been a considerable tax and
inconvenience to have them here so
long but we do not regret it
Little Flora Stuart died this mor
-ning.  Her father telegraphed he
could not come but left his child
in the hands of God--Longstreets
corps is in Culpeper, around the
Court House. Stuart is in the
upper end of Loudoun--Rumors
of an advance of the enemy from
Suffolk--not authentic however
wrote to Kean about Charles

MSS 4763

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