September 26, 1864
On Sat 24th came James to make a flying visit & see his sister Mrs Coffin. He is well & in good spirits but saddened me by confirming the estimate I have so often heard given of Gen Lee’s & Beauregard’s armies. Together, he says, they have not more than 40,000 men fit for duty! Yet he is hopeful & says if Grant will only extend his lines & attempt to take in the Southside R R, Lee will annihilate him! James is now “Inspector of Field Transportation” & holds the cheif power of Impressment in this State — disagreeable and hard duty & too much power to be in the hands of any one man. Pray God he use it descreetly & justly, “without fear, favour, or affection.” He left for his Head qts at Greensboro today.
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