1862 August 1 Lynchburg, Va.

[from the diary of William M. Blackford, bank officer and former diplomat with five sons in the Confederate Army]

Friday Aug 1  Beautiful morning.  Telegram
from Dr. Minor saying that Eugene
was doing well last but still fever
ishRecd note from Robt. Saunders
asking me to send Eugene’s Horse
to him to keep until he was wanted
-The remains of Lawrence Meem
and six others, killed at Seven Pines
arrived to day–Busy in the Evg
making arrangements for the funeral
tomorrow.  Succeeded in frustrating
schemes which would have spoiled
the whole affair.  It was agreed
to have [just?] one procession.  the Bodies
were deposited at in the vestibule of the
2d Presbyterian church.  They were as
follows  Meem–Terry, Tyree[?] –Reid
Cross, Elliott–The body of Russell
was taken into the country–all of them
belonged to the Home Guard, except
Meem who was one of the staff, but had
been orderly & Lt. of the same company
It has lost in battle 12 or 13–besides
near 40 wounded.  When it was
raised it bore the reproach of being
a Band Box company–not fit for
service–Letters from Lanty & Charles

MSS 4763

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