Tuesday, February 12, 2013

1863 February 11 Staunton, Va.

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

Wednesday night, February 11, 1863
The most formidable assaults by the enemy are expected in a short time, perhaps in a few days, at various points, particularly Vicksburg and Charleston; perhaps also at Savannah and Mobile. The bad weather has prevented any movement opposite Fredericksburg. — The enemy has also a great army at Murfreesboro, Tenn., and smaller ones at various other points. A crisis is evidently at hand. — No relaxation on the part of the North. No signs of a termination of the war.
Mr. Stuart has determined to break up at Christiansburg, and bring his family to Staunton. We have been much troubled as to how they are to be accommodated. I have been under a cloud for some time past, and particularly to-day. The affairs of the Sowers estate occupy much of my attention. I am decidedly opposed to selling the real estate at this time, when the currency is so unsettled — we may get larger prices, but what is the money worth? This remains to be seen. The heirs who are here, however, insist upon a sale.

[transcript by the Valley of the Shadow project]

MSS 38-258

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