150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — April 12, 1861

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Amanda Wilson did not learn of the attack on Ft. Sumter on April 12th.

150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — April 12, 1861

April 12 (Fri.): Sun peeked out and promised fair weather, but rain poured again by 11. Christiana, Sallie and I were going to Minnie’s but weather prevented. Finished Husband’s shirts. Thanks to Christiana for her help. Miss Harriet left. How sorry to see her go. A fine old lady, so intelligent and companionable. How lonely her situation without a relative in the wide world and away from her native land and yet how cheerful and happy. Would I know ¼ as much as she. Evening, Husband and I attended Edward Evert’s lecture at Pike’s Opera House.[1]


[1] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 11 April 1861, p. 2. The Commercial included an ad for Everett’s performance: “Hon. Edward Everett will Lecture at Pike’s Opera House on Thursday and Friday evenings, April 11 and 12. Subject for Thursday evening – ‘The Early Days of Franklin’. Subject for Friday evening – ‘The God of Astronomy’. Tickets 25₵. Reserved seats 50₵. Doors open at 7 o’clock.”

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