Tuesday August 3/64
Army remains in status quo waiting for the approach of the enemy who seem inclined to meet us since the route at Kernstown. Brother James preached for our command at 8 am today. At 10 Maj. Bell, formerly of Gen. Stuearts’ staff preached to our brigade. At night the chaplain of the 36 Va preached in the village. The clergy seem to be a little aroused. I am glad of it, for oh the wickedness in camp. I am making a poor effort to do right but it is a struggle against a swift opposing current. May heaven protect and sustain me and return me uncorrupted to those I love. A good letter from “my girl.” All right.
Source: Christopher Watford, ed. The Civil War in North Carolina: Soldiers’ and Civilians’ Letters and Diaries, 1861-1865, Volume 2. (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003). Diary of Major William W. Stringfield. Original in the WW Stringfield Papers, North Carolina State Archives.