Thursday, April 13, 1865
very Pleasent Miss Janice started for Baltimore this morning in Concequence i did not get to the [...] al lesson spent most of the evening home
Friday, April 14, 1865
to day is the day we Celebrate the soldiers Parrade a flag was presented to the reggiment by the [...] very Plesent it every body seemed to have a holidy
Saturday, April 15, 1865
On April 15, 1865, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the day before the city celebrated the raising of the American flag over Fort Sumter with demonstrations as well as decorations. The 24th regiment of United States Colored Troops came from Camp William Penn and proceeded to Broad and Locust Streets, halting at Independence Hall where they were presented with a flag. W.C. White as well as “a man named Cato” made speeches and the flag was received by Lieutenant Colonel Trippe on behalf of the regiment.
On April 14, 1865 President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth in the head while attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. His murder was announced in Philadelphia on April 15, 1865. Lincoln was succeeded by his Vice President, Andrew Johnson. Emilie elaborates on this event in her miscellaneous pages at the end of the year. To view these entries, click here.
The Ladies Union Association formed on July 20, 1863, to provide for sick and wounded colored soldiers. After February 26, 1865, the Association reorganized to work on behalf of the recently emancipated freedmen newly unburdened by the progress of the war, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the passage (but not yet ratification) of the Thirteenth Amendment. In the Ladies Union Association Annual Report, printed in 1867, Emily’s name appears as a member of a committee organized to collect and distribute clothing collected for Freedmen in Charleston, South Carolina. A “Mrs. Elijah Davis,” possibly Emily’s sister-in-law, served the association as treasurer at the time of the annual report. The annual report for 1867 includes a letter of thanks from “J.C. Gibbs,” likely the same J.C. Gibbs who led Emily’s church until early 1866, acknowledging with gratitude the receipt of $250 dollars worth clothing sent in April 1866. Additionally, the annual report published a letter of thanks from General Benjamin F. Butler for the gift of a “handsome black velvet dressing gown, cap, and slippers.” Report of the Ladies Union Association of Philadelphia, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1867.