Dear Diary

From the National Archives:

On July 21, 1861, Lt. Col. John Withers, a Confederate officer who served with the General Staff of the Confederate Army in Richmond, wrote in his diary. He recorded the details of his son’s funeral, noting that Varina Davis (Jefferson Davis‘s wife) attended. In the same entry he described the Battle of First Manassas. The following entry describes the reaction to the battle in Richmond and the arrival of prisoners and casualties.


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