September 6, 1864
Official accounts today of our loss in the battle of Reams’ Station. A P Hill has “the honour to report the correct list of the results of the fight at Ream’s Station on the 25th. We captured 12 stands of colours, 9 peices of Artillery, 10 caissons, 2150 prisoners, 3100 stand of arms, & 32 horses. My own loss in cavalry, artillery, & infantry is 720 men (seven hundred & twenty) killed, wounded, & missing.” The charge of the N C troops on the breastworks was magnificent, gallant almost beyond record even in this war of gallant deeds! Pegram turned the enemy’s own guns on them with terrible effect. He fired “second fuses” on the retreating mass doing great execution.
Atlanta has certainly fallen but I am recovering from the shock, which brother intensified, by suppositions at once crushing & heart breaking. That Hood’s “army was cut to peices, demoralized, & melting like a summer dew” was with him a foregone conclusion. Grant was to do something to Lee, I do not think it was to defeat him, which was to cause his army also to melt away! Peace with reconstruction was to stare us in the face, but why record gloomy & despondant doubts & anticipation from which I have already recovered. I never held them, but they oppressed me like a weight, a “peine forte et dure.” Thank God for my elasticity, the best personal boon he has given me!
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