Thursday, January 24, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - July 19, 1861

Friday 19th [July 1861]

The Arkansas and Tennessee regiments went up to Manassas yesterday morning, leaving no troops at the Creek except a few Fredericksburg companies.

There is no train from Richmond this morning. All the cars have been put upon the Central road to carry troops to Manassas.

General Lee has gone to Western Virginia.

Papa writes urging us to go up to cousin Frank Minors. But Mama is sick at Farley Vale, and cannot come here even.

Capt Hollins has charge of the defenses on James river. Dick is with him.

Papa says as things are now we must have something decisive very soon. God help us and give victory to the right.

Mr. Corbin is first mate at Smiths Battery on Potomac creek.

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