Category Archives: Diaries

A Union Girl In The South 03: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Jan 26, 1861

At the beginning of 1861, Dora Miller was a young girl living in New Orleans among her family and friends. But Dora felt very much alone. Everyone in New Orleans seemed wild with enthusiasm for having Louisiana secede from the … Continue reading

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A Union Girl In The South 02: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Dec, 1860

In December of 1860 young anti-secessionist Dora Miller was almost alone among her New Orleans friends and family in her support for the Union. She had already decided to confide her patriotic thoughts to her diary because, as she said, … Continue reading

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A Union Girl In The South 01: Dora Miller’s Civil War Diary, Dec 1, 1860

I’ve been reading the diary of a young woman who lived in the South during the Civil War. One of the things that makes this diary so interesting is that its author was a staunchly pro-Union young lady living among … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 6-8, 1865

As General Grant tightened his grip on Richmond, and Sherman was coming up from behind, residents of the city looked forward fearfully to its evacuation by General Lee’s army. Saturday, March 4, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 4-5, 1865

NOTE: General Jubal Early commanded the last Confederate force in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. On March 2, 1865, in an encounter at Waynesboro with cavalry units under Union General Philip H. Sheridan, Early’s army was defeated, routed, and for all practical … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for March 1-3, 1865

Wednesday, March 1, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) was a writer who worked in the Confederate War Department in Richmond during the war. His diary was published in 1866 as “A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary at the … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 28, 1865

Tuesday, February 28, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) was a writer who worked in the Confederate War Department in Richmond during the war. His diary was published in 1866 as “A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary at the … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 26-27, 1865

Sunday, February 26, 1865 J. B. Jones John Beauchamp Jones (1810-1866) was a writer who worked in the Confederate War Department in Richmond during the war. His diary was published in 1866 as “A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary at the … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 23-25, 1865

Thursday, February 23, 1865 Emma Leconte Emma Florence LeConte (1847-1932) lived in Columbia, SC and witnessed Sherman’s burning of the city. “Yankees – that word in my mind is a synonym for all that is mean, despicable and abhorrent.” The … Continue reading

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This Week In 1865: Confederate Diary posts for Feb 22, 1865

Wednesday, February 22, 1865 As J. B. Jones anticipates, Wilmington, NC fell to the Union on this day. General Sherman had taken Columbia, SC on the 17th. Though he denied ordering it to be burned, when his troops left, Columbia … Continue reading

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