Tuesday, November 6, 2012

1862 November 7 Lynchburg, Va.

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

Friday 7  Nothing of any moment. A
gentleman from Martinsburg called
with a letter from my old friend
Holmes Conrad.  Weather sharp
but clear.   At night In the evening
came by the cars from Careyswood
Eugene Davis & his sister Lizzie-
Mr.  Holcombe came in about 8 oclock
and made himself very agreeable
Dr. Houston also called. Mr. H.
induced Eugene D. to go up with him
in the morning cars to Bedford
to see a place he had bought & to
avoid disturbing us E. went to the
Hotel to sleep. various rumors
from the army, whose situation
causes me great anxiety--The enemy
are obviously trying to separate the
corps of Jackson & Longstreet
and will I fear succeed.  They are
menacing Richd also from Suffolk
and by the River.  Great events are
on the  [?]  The elections in N.Y.
N.J. & Illinois have gone for the
Democrats and the defeat of the
Black Republicans is overwhelming
This must make for our cause.

MSS 4763

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