July 27, 1864
Our retiring troops have had an engagement with a body of Yankees sent after them at Snicker’s Gap in which the pursuers were repulsed with heavy slaughter & 300 men captured. The Yankee papers claim to have recaptured many of our waggons containing our Maryland spoils, but our people deny it.
Sue said today at breakfast that “old Lincoln had demoralized her sense of numbers; that he had so often called for 500,000 men that she had got to view it as a small affair, a mere drop in the bucket.” Just now he is clamouring for that number & likewise proclaiming a fast & threatening a draught in fifty days if the quota be not filled up by volunteering within that time. Posts have been opened in all of the Southern States in Yankee power for the recruiting of negroes in order to fill up the quota of the different northern States. State agents are sent out & the stolen negroes accredited to the state who steals them, by authority of the Yankee Sec of War. This is raising an army with a vengeance — poor Cuffee!
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