150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — April 14-15, 1861

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2011

Amanda Wilson's husband joined a Cincinnati militia unit.

150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — April 14-15, 1861

April 14 (Sun.): A lovely day and it seems my heart would be sunshiny as the weather, were it not for clouds that are pouring over my once happy Country. How painful, how terribly so – that homes now so happy and family ties now bound by all safe feelings may soon be places of deepest mourning and sundered. God forbid! Cousin Derb dined with us. Afternoon, read. Evening, Husband and I took a walk.

April 15 (Mon.): Still cloudy and cool. Took bath after breakfast and went down street. After dinner walked down town with Husband. Called on Emma Ross.[1] How much she has changed in a few years. Fear she is having a hard time. Mrs. Kelly called on business. Husband out to Military meeting.[2]


[1] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 256. Emma Ross was the wife of Albert Ross, a druggist and pharmacist who had a shop on the southwest corner of 8th and Row Streets. The Ross family resided at 33 Richmond St.

[2] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 15 April 1861, p. 2. The Cincinnati paper followed the city’s mobilization efforts: “A Home Guard to be Organized. A movement is already on foot for the organization of a Home Guard to be composed of such citizens as do not desire to enlist in the Volunteers.”

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