Sunday, July 29, 2012
1862 July 30 Lynchburg, Va.
[from the diary of William M. Blackford, bank officer and former diplomat with five sons in the Confederate Army]
Wednesday 30. Much startled by a telegram
from Dr. Lewis W. Minor, telling me that
I must not send Eugenes horse that
he was doing well. The inference was
unavoidable that he was either sick
or had been hurt in some way. The
last letter we had, dated Friday, he said
he was very unwell & feared he was go
-ing to be laid up. I had as a great
favor gotten Robert Saunders to let
Eugen have his man Pleas as a
servant & had made all arrangements
for him to take the horse down with
morning train. The mail brought
letter fro Dr. L. W. M. saying Eugene had
fever & had been sick since Monday.
He hoped to break the fever that day
(Tuesday). I cannot help feeling uneasy
knowing how much Eugene has tasked
his constitution since he has been in ser
vice. It is a great pity he shd be sick
just at this time when his service
in the regiment was so important
and was so appreciated. At night
Dr. Minor brought to see us Revd Dr.
Quintard, formerly of Nashville, but
now chaplain of the 1st Tenn Regt.
He had of late been on Gen Loveings
staff--but is going to join his Regt.
I have rarely seen a more preposses-
sing manner, or more agreeable
gentleman. He was exceedingly popular
in the army and exercised a good
Charles Todd Quintard, 1824-1898, both a surgeon and an Episcopal bishop. After the war he reestablished the University of the South at Sewanee and served as its Vice Chancellor.