July 18, 1864
Such good news from Early yesterday that we fear to trust it. I scarcely know where to begin. In the first place the victory over Gen Lew Wallace at Monocacy is confirmed, together with the capture of immense stores at Martinsburg, amongst other thing 100,000 bu of shelled Oats! Gunpowder Bridge is destroyed & the communication thus cut between Phila & Baltimore. We hold Anapolis Junction & the Relay House & are within six miles of Baltimore. Gov Bradford’s magnificent mansion on the [ — ] road 7 miles from Baltimore has beenburned in retaliation for the burning of Gov Letcher’s residence in Lexington by Hunter’s theives. A righteous retribution! Best of all “the Rebels are reported in force on Frank Blair’s Silver Spring farm seven miles from Washington and are actually shelling the city itself, having possession of some heights which command the Yankee Capital! Shells are flying in Washington City!” Think how the tables are turned. Lincoln is in a ferment of fright. Shouts “Free men to the Rescue!,” which cry is taken up by Gov’s Bradford & Curtin who beg that the people “will come at once. What ever you do come quickly!” but the Freemen are tired of rallying to the cry of “the Capitol in danger” & come very slowly & with manifest reluctance. They are tired of taking “Blue Pills” from the hand of the Rebels, think they have paid enough, & sent men enough for the defence of the National Capitol, & prefer resting at home. The Yankee papers are eloquent in their appeals, hold up the example of Petersburg, conjure their readers to emulate the conduct of that handful of Rebel militia who kept the picked troops of the army of the Potomac at bay for hours & prevented the occupation of the city, but so far the dear people refuse to listen to the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. Fifteen thousand Marylanders are reported to have joined us, but that we cannot beleive. The “despot’s heel” has crushed “Maryland! my Maryland” too thoroughly for that evidence of spirit.
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