Sunday, July 17, 2011

Wednesday July 17

The Gazette of today says that the Grand Army of the United States, with Gen'l Scott and staff crossed the Potomac yesterday.  The inspiriting music, the waving of banners and movement of regiments presented a brilliant spectacle witnessed by thousands of interested spectators.  It is thought that this movement precedes some decided action by our troops.  In Congress Breckenridge, last year a candidate for the Presidency now openly advocates treason.  Vallanchingham of Ohio and Barnet of Kentucky are not better.  It is stated in the papers that thousands of Kentuckians notwithstanding the professed state neutrality are joining the southern army.  "Whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad" says the heathen proverb. It would seem as if the South was God forsaken and allowed to sow the wind that they may reap the whirlwind. 
Lizzie, Marion and little Sarah went to town on the evening train under Ephe's escort.  Mrs. W. D. Bailey called.  I wrote to Jane in Persia.

Peggy's comments:
John C. Breckinridge was Vice-President of the United States from 1857-1861 while Buchanan was President.   Breckinridge ran for President against Lincoln and when defeated, he was elected Senator from Kentucky by the Kentucky state legislature.  He served from March 4, 1861 until he was expelled from the Senate December 4, 1861, for supporting the South.

Jane Shedd, Julia's niece, was a missionary in Persia.  She and her husband and children lived there for many years.

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