1862 December 21 farm near Savannah, Ohio

[from the diary of James Dinsmore Templeton, former musician and private in the 23rd Ohio] Sunday, Dec. 21, 1862 Went to churchWalkedSarah Caldwell homeSaw H. L. C[?]Called at [D?] Haysesfew moments alsoat McLeaths asI came pastCloudy Cold MSS 10317

1862 December 21 [Clarke County, Va.]

[from the diary of Matthella Page Harrison as transcribed at a later date] December 21  Today about two o’clock Mr. Howard and Mr. Clarke drove up, fleeing from the Yankees whom they heard were at Strasburg, Milroy’s forces. MSS 9759

1862 December 21 “Hopedale,” Albemarle County, Va.

[from the diary of Mary S. Boydon of “Hopedale,” Albemarle County, Va.] Monday 22nd  Very busy in the morning fixing up abox to send to Hanson by a young man who is goingto camp.  We barely got it done by … Continue reading

1862 December 21 Chapel Hill, N.C.

[from the diary of Eliza Oswald Hill, refugee from Wilmington, N.C.] Sunday  It has been severely cold to day–But the Church was as fullas ever–No letters to day as no Hack came from Durham lastnight so we are all disappointed. … Continue reading

1862 December 21 Staunton, Va.

[from the diary of Joseph Addison Waddell, civilian employee of the Quartermaster Dept.] Sunday night, December 21, 1862 Va went to Legh’s this afternoon, and I am alone. — Legh came in to church this morning, and seemed to be … Continue reading

1862 Dec 21 Lynchburg, Va.

[from the diary of William M. Blackford, former diplomat of Lynchburg, Va., with five sons in the Confederate Army] Sunday 21  A very beautiful morningThermometer at 21 at 8 oclock.  The selfregistering thermometer stood at 19 °which is the degree … Continue reading

1862 December 20 near Fredericksburg

Pine-woods near Fredericksburg,Saturday, Dec 20, 1862 My darling wife,Your letters of the13th and 16th were received last evening, theninth since our separation  In the meantime Ihave found some compensation for the lack of lettersin your journal.  It awakened in me … Continue reading

1862 December 20 Norfolk, Va.

[from the message book of Lt. Thomas S. Seabury, 3rd New York] Dec. 20thTo Lt. Col. NixonWhat vessel wentthrough the Canal last;and by whose authority?   (Signed) Genl. Viele Dec. 20th To Genl. VieleA yawl boat- byauthority of Capt. Seely;no larger vessel … Continue reading

1862 December 20 East New York

                           East New York                             Dec. 20th, 1862Dear Parents                … Continue reading

1862 December 20 across the Rappahannock

[from the diary of the Rev. Francis E. Butler, chaplain of the 25th New Jersey] Sat. Dec. 20 – Very cold night.  Slept very cold.  Pity poor fellowsin shelter tents – bright cold day – Army quiet – Most of … Continue reading