Item description: Diary entry, dated 30 September 1863, written by Charles Dabney. He describes his journey to Charlottesville to begin classes at the University of Virginia.
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Sept. 30th Started from home at 3:50 O clock for H.C.H. where we took the cars for Charlottes-ville, which place we reached without any remarkable incident about 3. O’clock P.M. With little difficulty we found a wagon to convey our baggage to Dr. Wm. F. Braddus’s. We found him at dinner. In the evening I went to the prayer meet-ing, where I saw many ac-quaintances.
More about this item: Cornelius Dabney (1844-1874) was the son of William Winton Dabney (b. 1816) and Martha Ann Bosher Dabney (fl. 1863-1865) of Richmond, and later Enfield, King William County, Va. According to the finding aid for this collection, the traveling companion described was Josie Gwathmey, who was also boarding with Dr. Braddus and matriculating at the University. Gwathmey may have been Dabney’s cousin.