Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Diary and Letters of Rutherford B. Hayes.

July 6, 2012

Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Camp Jones, Flat Top Mountain, July 6, 1862. Sunday. — . . . It seems on reflection that McClellan has been forced back in seven days — six of them days of fighting — about fifteen to twenty-five miles; that he has probably not lost very heavily in artillery or stores; that the weight of the attacks on him have [has] been too heavy and have [has] forced him back. Well, then, our columns must be rapidly made heavier. We shall see!

. . . Nothing new from Richmond today. What is the condition there? Is our army merely pushed back by superior numbers or has it been defeated?

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