Kate and Annie Dean spent the day in Marietta going down to Belpre and back on the train this evening. Lucy came down. Julia Greenwood called and invited us to tea tomorrow. Gen. Banks has retreated into Maryland. Judge W. R. Putnam is greatly aroused and has gone to work to raise a company, the "Putnam Guards".
Julia is back to writing about events in the war, but when things are going poorly, she seems to write less. General Nathan Banks was fighting Stonewall Jackson's troops in an effort to prevent them from reinforcing Richmond, Virginia. Banks was forced to retreat into Maryland.
More about Gen. Banks here.
Judge William Rufus Putnam served as commander of the militia at Camp Marietta and also was chairman of the Military Committee of Washington County. In 1863 he would direct operations against Confederate John Morgan's raids, establishing a camp on the Cutler farm.