Sunday, February 10, 2008

Diary of Betty Herndon Maury - August 14, 1861

Wednesday 14th [August 1861]

Got through yesterday better than I expected. Mrs Parker was very entertaining. She brought over a good deal of money in a buckskin belt around her waist, and many letters sewed up in her corset.

She gave us a very amusing account of Dr. Nichols flight after the battle at Manassas. He was in a buggy with a member of Congress. The terror of the flying army was beyond description. Many attempted to get in the Doctor’s buggy. A poor little negro boy climbed in twice crying “O Master take me in or they will kill me” and he whipped him out both times. Such is their love for the poor oppressed negro. What Southern master would have done such a thing?

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