I was busy gardening most of the day. The Gazette says that McDowell's division 30,000 strong has re-enforced McClellan on the Chickahominy and that the great battle cannot be long postponed. God shield our beloved one and keep him unharmed in the day of battle. I pray that God may show in the coming conflict, verily, whether he is for Slavery or against it and give such a victory as shall forever destroy the power of the oppressor.
Julia's nephew, Ephraim Cutler Dawes, was with the 53rd Ohio and she feared that he would part of the impending great battle near Richmond.
Her nephew, Rufus R. Dawes, was with the 6th Wisconsin with the Army of the Potomac and was still camped near Washington, D.C.