10 November 1862: “Genl. McClellan has been removed–producing excitement in the Fedl Army–.”

Item description: Entry, dated 10 November 1862, in the diary of Rev. Overton Bernard. He reports the news of General George McClellan’s dismissal as General-in-Chief of the Union Army and relays the challenges to civilian travel within an occupied city.

More about Overton Bernard:
Overton Bernard kept his diary while serving as a Methodist minister in Edenton, N.C., 1824, and as a bank employee in Portsmouth, Va., 1858-1863.

Item citation: From folder 2 of the Overton and Jesse Bernard Diaries #62-z,  Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

November 10th –

I have heard from daughters they are well and with their Aunt Mary Smith in Nelson.  The elections have gone against the Administration in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana [?] however, [?] is still rampant. Genl. McClellan has been removed – producing excitement in the Fedl. Army — May the Lord overrule for good.

I set a Communication to the Secretary of War asking a pass to take articles much needed by my daughters, was denied reluctantly as the Note said the public service not allowing the privilege.

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