January, MONDAY, 4, 1864.
very cold it comenced snowing this morning before [...] we had quite a snow storm sue was up and staid until school time I went down to school had a very nice school but we had no fire i had to hurry home soon
quite cold to day I was out a little [...] went tom Sunday I went to see Em warwich then out to see Lizzie meeting to night at rachels after [...]ing we went to [...] bustil than to the fair
staid at nells all night vincent came here with me i do not know how i could get along with out him Nell and sue were both here to day they are going to spend the evening with the girls
Annotation 1Snow storms started in the Midwest on New Year’s Eve, swept eastward, disrupting train travel and delaying the movement of troops in the Shenandoah Valley. The papers reported on weather related fatalities from Chicago to New York. The intense cold that followed the storms claimed additional victims. “Army of the Potomac,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1, 1864, p. 3. “Important from West Virginia—The Rebel Raid a Complete Failure,” Illustrated New Age, January 8, 1864, 2. America’s Historical Newspapers, accessed 02/26/2012.
On January 5th and continuing until January 7th, 1864, the Ladies’ Union Association hosted a fair to raise money in support of their efforts to provide for sick and wounded colored soldiers. The Christian Recorder advertised the event at the Sansom Street Hall and called for “the friends of the soldier every where attend.” “Soldier’s Fair,” The Christian Recorder, January 7, 1864.