Saturday, December 1, 2012

1862 December 2 Fauquier County, Va.

[from the diary of Anne Madison Willis Ambler]

Pa rode to the shop to day & soon returned
with the news that the Yankees had passed
through Town & now on the turnpike going
to Winchester, & that our cavalry had run of
course s there were only a few left to watch
the movements of the enemy-there was some
little firing & Richard Baylor & a Mr Timberlake
had been wounded.  Poor Richard is very badly
through the shoulder, will lose his arm, & in
all probability his life.  It is so distressing he
is his mothers favorite child;
   Emma & I walked over to see a sick neighbor
Betty Hite=she was very glad to see us-They
are poor but remarkably honest & gentle people.
    Fannie told me of a horrid piece of
news concerning a person who lives on Pa's place
I can not dirty my page by repeating it.  I
put it down simply to remember the day, as
I can not believe it is true, & time alone
can prove it;==
  Tom is improving very fast, I will
not whip him again if I can possibly
help it.  poor child, he has been very obedient
& affectionate ever since my last.

MSS 15406

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