April 26, 1864
More good news from Plymouth. The Yankee Commodore Flusser who cut the hauser & retired so suddenly had good reason for his precipitancy, for he was able only to reach Edenton where his vessel sunk, having nine shot through her hull & he himself died from his wounds. So Capt Cooke sunk three Gunboats & captured a small steamer. Well done for the Albemarle. Beauregard has taken command here in our State. Last week his headquarters were at Weldon. Today they are at Goldsboro, rumour says to superintend an advance on Newberne.
Polk’s Corps we hear is to occupy Richmond to be in readiness to ward off an attack from the Peninsula. Some persons think that the real advance of the Campaign is to be made into Georgia, that this openness of the Yankees about their advance on Richmond is but a feint, & that when we weaken Polk & Johnson, they will mass suddenly & advance with a crushing force from Chattanooga. Nous verrons! Longstreet was by the last accounts at Charlottsville Va to reinforce Lee & the two are, it is said, suddenly to fall on Grant & prevent his advance. All travel save that of soldiers & all transportation except for the army has been stopped on our R R. Permits are refused to citizens, be their business never so urgent! This order is by no means a dead letter but is rigidly enforced & much private inconvenience results therefrom. Our victory at Shrevesport, or rather Cane Creek near that town, is confirmed. Banks is driven back so severely handled that a reorganization is necessary ere he can advance again. The Yankee’s are loud in their complaints & threats of indiscriminate slaughter. Should the accounts of the bloodshed at Fort Pillow prove true, Lincoln has again distinguished himself by a speech remarkable only for platitudes & indisputable truisms. But I have no room for his nonsense.
Dined yesterday at Mr Peter Smith’s to meet a party invited in compliment to Mrs Cook. Mr Edmondston, poor man, the only representative of the masculine gender amongst nine feminines! I felt for him. Father & Mama dined with us on Saturday.
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