Sunday 7th [July 1861]
Will and cousin John Minor dined with the Flying Artillery to day.
We hear that there was an attempt to blow up the Pawnee last night – but it failed and was discovered – which is worse.
I do not heed half that I hear now. There are so many ‘lies’ told that have no foundation atall. Lying and exageration are the great sins of the age I think.
Almost every day we hear in an exciting story about a fresh battle – when there has been none and no approach to one. A few evenings ago, when the cars arrived, the crowd pressed forward with the usual question “What is the news?
“No news – not even a lie” was the reply.