September 8, 1864
Yesterday came Mr E’s sister Jessie with her two children, Amo & Lizzie, to make us a visit. We have long looked forward to this pleasure & enjoy it now to the very full. We are very fond of them & intend making the most of their society. Interchange of opinion, long confidential talks, family news, going over the time which has passed since we met, have occupied us so entirely that I almost forget our disappointment in the loss of Atlanta & the bad news from Hood.
It seems from his official statement that “on the evening of the 30th the enemy made a lodgment across Flint river near Jonesboro. We attacked them there on the evening of the 31st with 2 corps but failed to dislodge them. This made it necessary to abandon Atlanta which was done of the night of the 1st. On the evening of the 1st that portion of our lines held by Hardee’s corps near Jonesboro was assaulted by a superior force of the enemy & being out flanked was compelled to withdraw during the night with the loss of eight peices of artillery. Prisoners taken report the enemy’s loss to have been very severe.” Press dispatches assure us that our loss did not exceed 600 & that Hood left nothing but blood stained mines in Atlanta, blowing up his amunition & removing supplies. We hope so! Heavy news in a telegram from Bristol, east Tenn. Morgan, Morgan the dauntless, the brave, the unreproached, is dead, shot through the head by a Yankee bullet, his Staff all surprised & captured. Our sorrow is great, for we expected great things of his future, but God sees not as we see. He will make it good to us. Let us trust in Him for the day of our deliverance. The Peace Convention at Chicago fails to interest or amuse us. It is but a move on the political Chess board! They all mean to destroy us if they can. Their impotence is our only safe guard. McClellan & Pendleton are their nominees. I knew Pendleton’s wife in days gone by, but it seems as long ago as when “Adam was a baby.” She is the daughter of Francis Key author of the “Star spangled Banner.”
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