Friday, February 8, 2013

1863 January 5 Staunton, Va.

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

Thursday night, Feb. 5, 1863.
Another snow storm — all day — No war news. No prospect of European intervention. Reported that great dissatisfaction prevails among the Yankee soldiers on the Mississippi, and that many are deserting. The Yankees are cutting a canal so as to leave Vicksburg high and dry.

[transcript by the Valley of the Shadow project]

MSS 38-258

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