August 31, 1864
It is as we suppose, A P Hill has flanked Grant on the left & holds the R R at Ream’s Station whilst Grant still occupies his entrenchments on it before Petersburg. The Examiner tells us that Grant is in a situation of great difficulty. God grant it! Before Atlanta Sherman is on the move, has abandoned one line of entrenchments which we hold. Some think it a feint to draw Hood out; others that Wheeler’s exploits in his rear have put him on short commons. If the telegrams speak truth (they are not official) our captures of supplies there are enormous. One item is seven thousand beeves!
We get some good stories of our common people from Yankee correspondants & which bear the stamp of truth. One old Lady near Atlanta said to a Yankee officer who rode up to her house immediately after the attempted flanking of Joe Johnson by Sherman “you’uns don’t fight we’uns fair! Mr Hooker now he went round!” Good soul, to her notions of military strategy were comprised in a fair stand up give & take fight!
Another was accosted by a party of Yankees “Well how goes it old Lady. You’re Secesh too I suppose?” “No! honey that I aint!” “Why hows that? You’re Union then?” “No, thank the Lord I aint that neither.” “Well what in the name of wonder then are you?” “I’me a Baptist, honey, a Baptist! For forty years I’ve been a hard shell Baptist and please the Lord I’ll die one too!”
As I am in an anecdotical vein this morning; I cannot do better than give one of Cuffee which is excellent. The negro baker of the Va Military Institute belonged to the Institution & during Hunter’s late brutal foray through the Valley, when he destroyed it & plundered the citizens of Lexington, Abram lost everything he had, clothes, money, everything stolen by the Yankees. After their retreat, relating his losses to some sympathizing friend he was asked, “Did you tell them that you belonged to the State of Virginia?” “No! No! sir that I did’nt if I had they’d have burnt me up along with the rest of the State property!”
In the Enquirer of yesterday is published an official Circular from Mr Benjamin giving an account of the late visit of Mr Lincoln’s Peace commissioners to Richmond. Comment is unnecessary. Yankee, Yankee, when will you learn fair dealings? Mr B’s statement shows conclusively that Mr Lincoln’s move for Peace is but a political trick to blind the Peace party.
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