Sunday, September 8, 2013

September 8, 1863: The Diary of Judith White McGuire

The Confederate Army failed to preserve much in the way of secrecy--on this day 150 years ago, Judith White McGuire wrote in her diary about a strategic movement of James Longstreet's corps. Longstreet had left the Army of Northern Virginia and was on his way to join Braxton Bragg and the Army of the Tennessee near Chattanooga, Tennessee.
September 8, 1863.

The Government employed the cars yesterday bringing Longstreet's Corps from Fredericksburg, on its way to Chattanooga. We all stood at our gate last night to give the soldiers water; we had nothing else to give them, poor fellows, as there were three long trains, and they had no time to stay. They looked healthy and cheerful, and went off hurrahing for Virginia.

The year of our sojourn at this cottage is nearly over. Our mess must be broken up, as some of our gentlemen are ordered away. We have had a very pleasant time, and it is painful to dissolve our social relations. Not one of the families is provided with a home; we are all looking out for lodgings, and find it very difficult to get them. This change of home, habits, and association is very trying to old persons; the variety seems rather pleasant to the young.

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