June 16, 1864
Hascosea — Came out from Looking Glass for the summer on Monday 13th (later by some days than we have been in some years) & The Lares & Penates of our household fled for days, affrighted from the onslaut made on them by dust brooms & scrubbing brushes! Now that Peace is in some measure restored & we can once more move about the house without encountering a scouring tub, they have returned & sit pluming their ruffled feathers & enjoying the atmosphere of comfort around them. On Sunday the 12th saw in the Looking Glass Garden the first corn tassel, so summer is here in real earnest.
The news from the Valley is discouraging. Staunton is seized & as yet held by Hunter, who has assembled around himself all the predatory bands which have hitherto infested the out skirts of that beautiful section, ravening like wolves & ready to pounce upon their prey whenever the shepherd should relax his vigilance. Bragg having drawn off all the protectors of the fold, Averil, Crook & [ — ] can work their own sweet will at leisure. They have accordingly thrown themselves into Lexington and menace Lynchburg & Charlottsville, but Breckenridge has been ordered back to his late field again & the next news we hear will, I hope, be that Hunter is flying in the traces & after the manner of Sigel. We have but few particulars. Communication is cut off & the Telegraph wires are down. From Cold Harbour we learn that after days of inaction behind his paralels Grant is once more in motion, “still moving on our right.” He repulsed a body of our Cavalry at Bottom’s Bridge & threw a portion of his forces across the Chickahominy & is moving down both banks of that stream. Conjectures are idle as to his plans & future movements, tho’ all things point to an attack on the South Side with Bermuda Hundred’s as base. Transports are landing supplies below Malvern Hill, to which point part of his forces seem moving. Hampton has signally defeated Sheridan, sent him flying in great disorder across the Pamunky towards the White House with the loss of a large portion of his command, dead on the field & 500 captured & on their way to Richmond. His loss in officers is very heavy. Hampton’s loss small, for which God be praised.
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