1863 January 23 U.S.Steamer Currituck Piankatank River

                                   U. S. Steamer “Currituck”                                         Piankatank River Va                                             January 23rd  1863 Sir     At daybreak this morning, as I layat the mouth of the Rappahannock, I saw twoCanoes Standing in for this place.  I at once weighedanchor and gave chase, owing … Continue reading

1863 January 23 camp across the Rappahannock from Fredericksburg

[from the diary of the Rev. Francis E. Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey] Fri 23.  Cloudy, but milder;  no orders yet, for a weekwe have had rations cooked & been ready to move atan hours notice.  Still unwell … Continue reading

1863 January 23 “Hopedale,” Albemarle County, Va.

[from the diary of Mary S. Boyden, daughter of the Rev. Ebenezer Boyden, Rector of Walker’s Church (later Grace Episcopal), Cismont, Va.] Friday  Raleigh seemed all day to haveforgotten all the trouble of yesterday – May Godhave mercy on him, … Continue reading

1863 January 23 Chapel Hill, N.C.

[from the diary of Eliza Oswald Hill, refugee from Wilmington, N.C.] Friday 23d  Still very gloomy weather – & I feel quite unwell this morningKaty brought me two letters from the office,one from Captain Mason,the other from Joe -Little Mat … Continue reading

1863 January 23 Staunton, Va.

[from the diary of Joseph Addison Waddell, former newspaper publisher and civilian employee of the Quartermaster Dept.] Friday night, Jan. 23, 1863. Mr. Stuart arrived Tuesday evening, and remained till this morning, when he, Sister and Kate started to Christiansburg. … Continue reading

1863 January 22 New Bern, N.C.

[from the diary of Jesse Calvin Spaulding, Co. F., 25th Massachusetts] ThursdayJan 22It has been a cold uncomfortable daynot been out to drill but went to dress parade.Have played two games of chess, one with Georgeand one with Phineas, and … Continue reading

1863 February 22 camp across Rappahannock from Fredericksburg

[from the diary of the Rev. Francis E. Butler,  chaplain of the 25th New Jersey] Thurs 22.  Little easier – at noon rose   ate arrowroot& heard bear stories in Evg.  still storms, constantorders to move & wait, rumored McClellan … Continue reading

1862 January 21-22 Campbell County, Va.

[from the diary of George W. Dabney, clerk of Campbell County] 21. Wedny Rain all last night till thiseveng. –cart not going upfor bad weather, wrote Pagiving progress of farmmatters to present time 22d thursyFair & moderate. Th. 50.plowing corn … Continue reading

1863 January 22 “Hopedale,” Albemarle County, Va.

[from the diary of Mary S. Boyden, daughter of the Rev. Ebenezer Boyden, Rector of Walker’s Parish (later Grace Episcopal), Cismont, Va.] Thursday  Father has a private conversation withR – this morning -relative to the lost money – Healmost immediately … Continue reading

1863 January 23 [Clarke County, Va.?]

[from the diary of Matthella Page Harrison as transcribed at a later date] Friday. January 23rd – Raining in the morning but cleared about ten o’clock.Maria came over to read French.  Reported victory in Tennessee. Dr. H. dined atProspect Hall … Continue reading