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January 28-30, 1863

Wednesday, January 28, 1863.

Poor Tomy had to go to the gard house yesterday he did not want go very heavy storm today snowing all day and night Nellie has no […]

Thursday 29

Storming a little sue spent the morning with me I spent a very agreeable time at home to day Dave was maried to night [tonight] and I had to march

Friday 30

In Jon Gorge and Jake were at the wedding Lizzie was here to day Poor girl i feel sorry for her

Annotation 1

Thomas Davis, who also lived with Elijah Davis in 1860, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1862, when he was fourteen years old. This reference to the guardhouse suggests that the young seaman was being punished for a behavioral infraction. Civil War Service Records, National Park Service,

Annotation 2

This is likely a reference to George Bustill White and his brother, Jacob White, Jr., or Jake. Both attended the Institute for Colored Youth and were active in the Banneker Institute. Jacob was elected president of the Banneker Institute in 1863, and was “[t]he catalyst and hub of the organization,” according to historian Emma Jones Lapsansky. His “energy, enthusiasm, imagination, and contacts…sustained the group for nearly two decades.” “Banneker Institute of Philadelphia,” The Christian Recorder, January 24, 1863; Lapsansky, “‘Discipline to the Mind,’” 86-87.


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