July 16-21, 1861
It’s been a rough few days here in Virginia. Unfortunately, some of the soldiers are infected with dysentery. They are struggling to keep up with the demands of a soldier. However, they are persisting to stay strong in spite of their diseases. These soldiers are an excellent example of dedication and bravery. I have much respect for them. Our Dixie spy informed us of the plans of the Union, and how they are going to cut the railroads to prevent us from getting imported goods. Before they could take action, we formed a wall out of the soldiers along the side of Bull Run Creek to prevent them from coming anywhere near our railroads. As the soldiers were deployed, the Union sent their soldiers to flank us. We decided to send for Cavalry and Confederate trains. When they arrived to Bull Run, the Union was outnumbered and they began to fall apart. Victory was ours! Praise God for this success! I knew he was on the side of the Confederacy.
Sadly, we had almost 2,000 casualties, but the North had at least a thousand more. I feel as if winning this battle made us stronger mentally and made us more fearless. I do hope my dear Rose is doing alright, as well as our beloved boy. I can’t wait to tell her about our triumph.