May 12, 1862 (part 1)
The spirit of Lies seems indeed to be abroad. We can truly say with the Scotch Clergyman in his comment on the text, “I said in my haste all men are Liars,” “Ah, David, my mon gin you were in this parish ye might say it at your Leisure”! There has been no fight at Barhamville & no Yankees at Greenville, consequently we did not drive them three times to their Gun boats, nor are they threatening the R R at Wilson.
A great battle is imminent at Corinth & inVa. Two such armies cannot long face each other thus. How much nags on the event! Gun boats are going up James River. Where is the Va that she allows it, protecting the Evacuation of Norfolk, I suppose. Ah! what a blunder is there!
On coming home from my visit to Mrs. Hines, I finished some lines which I had commenced years ago. Something said in our conversation reminded me of & put me in a frame of mind for them. Ah my God! make us indeed feel that “as our days, so shall our Strength be,” now in the time of this our Country’s darkest gloom!
Source: Edmondston, Catherine Ann Devereux, 1823-1875, Journal of a Secesh Lady: The Diary of Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston 1860-1866. Crabtree, Beth G and Patton, James W., (Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Division of Archives and History, 1979). http://nc-historical-publications.stores.yahoo.net/478.html