Saturday, February 2, 2013

1863 January 26 "Hopedale," Albemarle County, Va.

[from the diary of Mary S. Boyden, daughter of the Rev. Ebenzer Boyden, rector of Walker's Church (later Christ Episcopal), Cismont, Va.]

Monday    Our dear Soldier boy's birthday
This is the 20th year - just past.  May God spare
him to see many happy returns of it, & make
him a useful man.  Yesterday & today the
children said they heard cannon, rapid &
heavy, & the trains are passing so often today
that we fear a battle is going on.  God help
the soldiers! & grant us peace - There is good
prospect for peace now, we think - for the
Unionists are quarreling among themselves.

MSS 4288

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