September 22, 1864
Dined yesterday at the plantation with Jessie, Amo, and Mr E. A merry day but somewhat oppressed by the uneasiness we felt as to the cause of a terrific canonading which took place from daybreak to nine o’clock in the direction of Petersburg. Grant is reported as extending his lines to the left & is now three miles to the west of the Weldon R R. Lee’s policy, the wise ones say, is to allow him thus to weaken by extending his line & suddenly to hurl himself upon & break through it, thus dividing his army. It may be so, but I am not a Brigadier either by birth or brevet.
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