Sunday night [July 3, 1864] Soon after four o-clock this morning I was roused by the sound of bands, & I thought at first I would get up; but I felt that I must see the last of our soldiers as they left us for their grand invasion. I threw on my skirts, a shawl, … Continue reading 1864: “Our Sick & Wounded Will Be Back Here”
New Market, Virginia, was not reserved land for the battle in 1864. It was a town and community that war invaded. When was the town founded? Why was it named “New Market”? How many people lived there in the 1860’s? What were they names? Are their homes still standing today? Today’s video addresses these questions … Continue reading New Market: The Town & Community
August 7, 1864 The war is taking on features of exaggerated harshness. Hunter when he re-entered the Valley caused a number of private residences of the finest character to be burned… Early burned Chambersburg to enforce a refractory town into paying a requisition. The Yankees have had the unutterable meanness to make an expedition up … Continue reading 1864: “Exaggerated Harshness”
Oct. 2/64 Today Captain Bowen, Surgeon Smith and myself attended the Episcopal Church, it being the only one in use, the others having been taken for hospitals. This church has a fine organ and choir. The music was good, and we enjoyed it, but the sermon was a little rebellious….
She married for love and spent years working alongside her husband for the success of the family farm. She was a grandmother by the time the Civil War brought a battle to her doorstep. She looked after wounded soldiers who found shelter and medical aid under her roof. Sarah Strickler Bushong lived on her family’s … Continue reading Sarah Bushong: A Battle Around Her Home
Executive Mansion Washington, Jany. 8, 1864 Mrs. Esther Stockton. Madam: Learning that you who have passed the eighty-fourth year of life, have given to the soldiers, some three hundred pairs of stockings, knitted by yourself, I wish to offer you my thanks. Will you also convey my thanks to those young ladies who have done … Continue reading 1864: “Three Hundred Pairs of Stockings, Knitted By Yourself”