Sunday, January 20, 2013

1863 January 5 Staunton, Va.

[from the diary of Joseph Addison Waddell, former newspaper publisher and civilian employee of the Quartermaster Dept.]

Monday night, January 5, 1863.
Gen. Pemberton telegraphs that the Yankees have gone off from Vicksburg, leaving a considerable quantity of entrenching tools +c. Things do not look quite so favorable at Murfreesboro. Gen. Bragg says on the 2nd: "The enemy retired last night but a short distance in rear of his former position." A short and sharp contest occurred on the evening of the 2nd. Gens. Wheeler and Wharton were again in the enemy's rear, on the 1st, and destroyed 200 loaded wagons. The worst, however, is in a dispatch from Murfreesboro on the 3rd which says: "The enemy, in strong force, continue in position about three miles of the town. Nashville has been reinforced." A majority of the heirs of Mr. Sowers' estate wish me to act as Administrator de bonis non +c. H. J. Crawford having been the Executor. I am not unwilling, but apprehend some difficulties. The steamer Alabama has captured another Yankee vessel, the Ariel, which had more than 800 persons on board, including 140 marines.

[transcript by the Valley of the Shadow project]

MSS 38-258

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