Tag Archives: Meta Morris Grimball

20 September 1863: “There has been a very brave & successful repulse of an attack on Fort Sumter.”

Item description: Diary entry, dated 20 September 1863, by Meta Morris Grimball.  She describes a naval engagement at Fort Sumter and other military maneuvers in the Charleston, South Carolina area. Item Citation: From the Margaret Ann “Meta” Morris Grimball Diary … Continue reading

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22 March 1863: “The successful running the blocade has given a great deal of wealth to some people…”

Item Description: Entry, dated 22 March 1863, from Margaret Ann “Meta” Grimball’s diary describing the effect of blockade running on the local economy.  Grimball notes that her husband has sold his slaves, but remains in debt. From the Margaret Ann … Continue reading

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6 March 1862: “We are now in the midst of a great calamity”

Item description: Entry, dated 6 March 1862, from the diary of Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball. In this entry, Grimball writes from Charleston that eighty-four of the slaves had left Grove Plantation and run away to Edisto, causing her husband, … Continue reading

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1 September 1861: “Lewis said with regard to the Camp life that men did there what they would be ashamed to do at home.”

Item description: Entry, dated 1 September 1861, from the diary of Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From the the Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball Diary #975-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of … Continue reading

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26 July 1861: “The ladies are all as busy as possible forming themselves into relief societies for the wounded soldiers…”

Item description: Entry, dated 26 July 1861, from the diary of Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball discussing the First Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas) and the formation of Confederate relief societies on the home front. Item citation: From the … Continue reading

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8 June 1861: “His pistol a purchase of his own, a blanket, a skin to sleep on which could also answer to keep his knapsack dry.”

Item description: Grimball comments on the enlistment of her cousin, Lewis, and his subsequent departure for the battlefront in Virginia. Item citation: From the Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball Diary #975-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North … Continue reading

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14 April 1861: “Lewis went down yesterday afternoon and returned today by an express train, he brings us news that Fort Sumpter is given up, after a gallant defence”

Item description: Entry, 14 April 1861, from Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball’s diary which discusses the surrender of Fort Sumter and comments extensively on family news. Item citation: From the the Margaret Ann Meta Morris Grimball Diary #975-z, Southern Historical … Continue reading

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