150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — April 8 – 11, 1861

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011

Amanda Wilson was growing alarmed at the increasing 'War News"

150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — Selected entries from Amanda Wilson’s 1861 Journal

April 8 (Mon.): Rain all day with the exception of an hour – until nearly ½ past 7 in the evening. Will dined with us. Mr. Fletcher of Indiana (Supt. of Public Instruction) took tea with us. Evening Fanny, Husband and self went to Opera House to see the Zouave’s Benefit for Cincinnati Orphan Asylum. A very large attendance.[1]

April 9 (Tues.): More rain. At home all day. Practiced about 2 hours in the morning and sewed the rest of the time. Afternoon sewed. Evening, Husband had an engagement with Mr. Batchelder and Mr. Sargent, until ¼ to 11 o’clock.[2] I remained at home sewing until he returned. Christiana sat with me an hour or so.

April 10 (Wed.): No music lesson. Very busy sewing all day. More war news. How horrible to think of the danger surrounding the country. Evening Harriet and Sallie came over and remained until 10 o’clock. A very pleasant evening. Rain all day and all night. When will the rain cease!

April 11 (Thurs.): More rain. It poured down without an hour’s cessation from morning until night. At home sewing all day. Evening, Husband and I went over to Sallie’s and spent a pleasant evening. How blessed it being situated so near my sisters and well do I appreciate it after living away from them so long.

[1] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 8 April 1861, p. 2. The event was to occur at Pike’s Opera House: “It is not necessary to do more than remind our readers that the exhibition of the Cincinnati Zouaves takes place at Pike’s Opera House this evening for the benefit of the New Orphan’s Asylum.”

Kenny’s Illustrated Cincinnati: A Pictorial Hand-Book of the Queen City (Cincinnati: Geo. E. Stevens & Co., 1875), p. 53. The Cincinnati Orphan Asylum was located on Mount Auburn. In 1875 it housed 102 orphans. The Institution’s bylaws stipulated that its inmates cannot, “be placed with any one who keeps a hotel, tavern, or coffee-house, nor with any one who does not regularly attend religious worship. No child can be taken out of the asylum until it has remained there at least one year, so that vicious habits may be corrected before they mingle with society.”

[2] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 260. Edward Sargent was Obed Wilson’s business partner. Their firm’s name was called Sargent, Wilson, and Hinkle Company, and was located at 137 Walnut Street. Sargent lived at 115 W. 8th St.

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