Thursday, January 31, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - July 24, 1861

Wednesday 24th [July 1861]

In the Presidents official report to the War Department he says that not over fifteen thousand of our troops were engaged in the battle at Manassas and about thirty thousand of the enemy. They have from eight to ten thousand killed and taken prisoners. Our loss is about fifteen hundred.

We took thirty seven pieces of cannon and arms enough to arm the state of Maryland.

Edward Fontaine was killed in the battle on Sunday. Three of the Blackford boys were engaged. All are safe.

Mr. Hill called to take letters over the border. He has gone to Maryland on secret service.

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