August 1, 1864
Today Mr Dunlop left for his home leaving little Mattie with us. Poor homesick little child, from my heart I am sorry for you! He sends us another batch of rumours from the R R modifying & correcting those of yesterday, but I will wait for Marse Robert’s official dispatch ere I record the results. Grant is throwing troops to the North bank of the James & Gen S D Lee has joined Hood with 10,000 reinforcements, so Atlanta may yet be saved. No news, and it is too hot to do anything but keep cool.
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