Diary of Catherine D. Edmondston, March 21, 1865
Brother writes from Raleigh that Sherman effected a junction with Schofield at Elizabethtown in Bladen county, that on Friday there was a sharp fight a Black River (which divides Sampson from Cumberland) without decisive result. He is most despondent as to the result, says Johnston can only with the force he has delay Sherman, that in a few days Raleigh will be occupied! He will be forced to leave as otherwise he would be a prisoner in the hands of the enemy, but his family will remain & run the risk of the treatment they will receive from these murderous scoundrels. I hope for better things. Johnston will defeat Sherman, perhaps kill him or shoot off his other leg & compel him to retreat& we will be saved the miseries of having our whole country overrun by these bloodthirsty harpies. Johnston I am confident will be victorious, yet nevertheless, we live in a state of anxious excitement pitiable to witness.
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