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January 1-3, 1863

Thursday, January 1, 1863.

To day has bin a memorable day and i thank god i have bin sperd to see it the day was religously observed all the churches were open we had quite a jubilee in the evenin i went to Joness to a Party had a very pleasant time

Friday 2

Beutiful day Nellie was up and spent Part of the day [...] was here Nellie had an engagement and had to go home i stayed home a few minutes the girls were

Saturday 3

all there very Pleasent this morning buisey all day [...] and sis her [here] to service i went down home to see if father had begun and was coming away when


11 Responses to “January 1-3, 1863”

  1. Ed Fierros January 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM #

    Today HAS been a memorable day!

  2. Gary Altieri January 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM #

    How does a 24 year old black woman, living in 1863, learn to read and write?

    Do you have any subsequent information on whom Nellie was?

    • Department of History February 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

      Not yet! But we are still looking.

  3. Ronald Yadusky February 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM #

    Friday 2 and Saturday 3
    The word for the empty brackets seems to be “reading”

    Friday 2 “was here Nellie had an appointment”
    That seems to be: (I) was here. Nellie had an appointment

    Saturday 3 “and sis her (here) to service i went home to see if father”
    That seems to be: and sis wen(t) her to service. (meaning Church service) I went home to see if father

    • Department of History February 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

      Thank you! Every set of eyes on the page helps.

  4. Amelia D ~ Period 1 March 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM #

    I think that Emilie’s diary entries are a very important point ofview during the Civil war, and are important to read for an education on that time period.

  5. LJ Bro March 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

    thanks to the greatness of our churches and the opening of them “to day has been a memorable day.”

  6. Molly March 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM #

    This is random, but I wanted to note that the About description that appears on every page calls these her “dairies” instead of her diaries.

  7. Jeanette Childs March 12, 2014 at 5:41 PM #

    Writing was done by the way a word sounded. See story of Jane Franklin.
    There were some educated Black people, but during the war it was against
    the law to teach a person of color to read or write.
    Source for this information is from reading extensively the times of that

  8. Donna H March 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM #

    “FRIDAY 2
    Beutiful day Nellie was up and spent Part of the day [...] was here
    Nellie had an engagement and had to go home i stayed home a few minutes the girls were
    all there ”

    spent part of the day reading, was here. …had to go home. I stayed home a few minutes; the girls were all there [?here].

    Notice that she finishes here sentence even if it runs into the space set aside for the next day. Day 3 begins with “Pleasant this morning”


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