Talk: Amanda Edmonds’ Civil War Diary

The Mosby Heritage Area Association will feature a talk by editor Lee Lawrence on “Society of Rebels: The Civil War Diary of Amanda Edmonds” on Saturday.

Edmonds kept a diary in the years leading to, and during, the Civil War, from her home Belle Grove located in Delaplane. She mentions many cavalrymen and soldiers passing through her farm as she lived in what was known as a safe house for Mosby’s Rangers to hide from the Union. Belle Grove was located in a heavily traveled area during the Civil War where both sides often vied for control. Her brothers rode with the Virginia cavalry as well as with Mosby’s Rangers, the 43rd Virginia Battalion. Lawrence will discuss the fate of some of the soldiers and cavalrymen mentioned in the diary entries.

The talk will begin at 2 p.m. April 2 at the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, 684 Federal Street in Paris and will conclude at a reception at nearby Belle Grove.

Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members and may be purchased at

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