April 21, 1862
Have just been reading the accounts of the outrages of the Yankees about Elizabeth City and am at fever heat. Their conduct to that old man & his daughter exceeds all human belief—worse than that of Indian Sepoys, for these men call themselves “Christians,” nay more, Gen Burnside himself has assured us of the fact! But what can we expect of the soldier of a nation who first makes medicine “Contraband” & then when it supposes that the stock on hand is exhausted “poisons” & allows it to be smuggled, mixes strychnine with Quinine & Morphine & then winks at its introduction! Can any thing be too base after that?
Skirmishing of out posts going on at Yorktown but nothing more. Island No 10 has we fear surrendered; but, from what we hear, the credit is due rather to the rise in the waters of the Mississippi than to Yankee prowess, but we have no details from our own side. New Recruits offering for the Batalion. Wrote to Patrick 2 letters, one to Yanceyville & one to Richmond.
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