August, THURSDAY, 4, 1864.
the evening with her she gave me a excellent tea wich is very rare out here i answerd maryes letter this evening i have had no time to Putter to day
very warm to day the excitement still continues about the rebels the girls here over from shoemakers lane we went down to maryes
not quite as warm as yesterday more did i went home in the [...] rain found then all well Nell was glad to see me i went to bustils
Emilie may have been referring to the Confederate invasion at Hagerstown, Maryland and the threat of invasion at the Pennsylvania border. On August 6, 1864, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Governor Andrew Curtin had received dispatches from Hagerstown that Confederate troops were again advancing towards Pennsylvania. In the days prior to August 5, speculation about the potential for invasion had littered newspaper headlines. However, on August 8, 1864 the Confederates retreated back to Shepherdstown, part of the newly formed state of West Virginia. “The New Invasion. 5000 Rebels at Hagerstown,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 6, 1864; “Our Harrisburg Letter,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 9, 1864; see also various articles in the August 5, 1864 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer.