150 Years Ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — April 19, 1861

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Amanda Wilson and friends began working on a 30-foot flag.

150 years ago Amanda Wilson Wrote — April 19, 1861

April 19 (Fri.): A rather pleasant day. Went down street early with Caroline and Mollie Morse to purchase materials for flag.[1] Could not find such as desired and came home to consult. Afternoon started out again and came home late with goods for flag, 30 ft. long. Evening, Mrs. Morse, Mary, Anna, C., L., and self tore off stripes, etc.[2]


[1] Williams’ Cincinnati Directory: City Guide and Business Mirror for 1860 (Cincinnati: C.S. Williams, 1860) p. 228. Mollie Morse was the daughter of Charles Morse, who was a clerk for the Western Insurance Company, located at 2 Public Landing. The Morse family lived at 113 Richmond St.

[2] Cincinnati Daily Commercial, 19 April 1861, p. 2. While Amanda was working on the flag, the first companies readied to leave. The Commercial followed their activities: “Companies A, B, and C, 3rd Ohio Infantry, went out of quarters yesterday morning and embarked for Columbus under command of Major Wilson. They were escorted to the depot by detachments of the Guthrie Grays and the Continentals.”

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