150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote: January 8 – 14

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2011

Amanda Wilson lived with her husband, Obed in downtown Cincinnati.

Amanda Wilson, a 28-year-old Cincinnati woman, chronicled her daily life amid the chaos of the commencement of the Civil War. Excerpts from her 1861 journal will be posted every week, allowing Amanda to join us at our kitchen tables.

January 8 (Tues.): Husband went to Indianapolis.[1] Oh, Home lonely enough. Almost froze during the night. ‘The old ague.”[2] Wonder if I shall ever get rid of it. I fear not. God Bless Obed while absent from friends and home, and return him safely.

January 9 (Wed.): Commenced taking music lessons of Mrs. Kelly. She agreeing to teach me for $15 per quarter or two quarters for $25. I taking two lessons per week; viz., on Tuesday and Saturday morning.

January 10 (Thur.): Obed came home. Dear Good Obed.

January 11 (Fri.): A very cold day with snow.

January 12 (Sat.): Took music lesson.

January 13 (Sun.): Went to church with Caroline expecting to hear Mr. McMullen.[3] Woeful disappointment, dreadful bore! Mr. M had resigned. Dr. Clark in his place. I do not like his preaching, yet esteem him highly.


[1] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 8 Jan. 1861, p.4. The Cincinnati, Richmond & Indianapolis rail schedules to Indianapolis are as follows: “Indianapolis and Cincinnati trains leave at 2:00 PM, 5:50 AM [and] … from the Sixth Street Depot.”

[2] Amanda Wilson suffered from arthritis.

[3] Caroline “Carrie” (Landrum) Beer was Amanda Wilson’s sister.

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