2 January 1864: “It is severely cold–as cold as it ever gets in this country…”

Item description: Entry, dated 2 January 1864, in the Samuel A. Agnew diary.  He discusses severely cold weather and literature.


Item citation: From the Samuel A. Agnew Diary, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Severe weather

About the only thing I have to note today concerns the weather. It is severely cold–as cold as it ever gets in this country I must think, though I do not think it as keenly bitter as was yesterday, because today has been mostly calm. There was very little than yesterday, although the sun shone brightly the whole day. Today I don’t think there was any thaw at all today, for it was clouded all day and tonight it looks as if we would have snow or sleet before day. This is severe weather truly. Have been sitting about the fire reading Sismondi Literature of the South of Europe and the history of Portugal in the History of the world.

This evening wrote a letter to Lt. Wm. S. Agnew of the 19th Miss. Regiment. Pa was down at Hickey’s and Watson’s this evening. Watson thinks that [it] is as cold as on the famous “cold friday.” I do not know when this cold friday was, nor how cold it was then but I know that it is very cold now. I regret that I have no thermometer to know just how cold it is.

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