Sunday, January 28, 2007

Another Vignette

This is the house that Betty Herndon Maury lived in at Fredericksburg when writing her diary during the Civil War.

Monday night May 5th [1862]
Well the Yankees have been here to search for arms. Three came and sent up word that they wanted to see Mrs. Maury. I went down. The head one said “We have been informed that arms are concealed here and want to get them.” I said “There are several swords here. Come and take them. They have been put in the parlour to prevent the house from being searched.” I gave them to him five old swords -- and then asked him if he intended to go upstairs. He said “No -- your word is sufficient that these are all.”

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