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25 January 1865: “the only noble, honourable one a young man can now be engaged in, that is in active service for his country”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 25 January 1865 by Sarah Lois Wadley. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #01258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Wednesday, Jan. 25th. 1865. Father … Continue reading

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31 December 1864: “all the grateful swelling of the heart, all the music of the soul which this deep, this eternal music of the winds awakes as it passes over me”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 31 December 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #01258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Item Transcription: Friday, Dec. 31st. 1864. I am … Continue reading

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11 December 1864: “they shot fifteen at once, with one ball”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 11 December 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her various social engagements from the previous weeks. In particular, she recounts a meeting with a Confederate soldier. She also writes about attending at dance … Continue reading

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8 December 1864: “the darkest and most gloomy time we have experienced since the war”

Item Description: Letter dated 8 December 1864 to Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Garrett Lenoir of East Fork of Pigeon, Haywood County, N.C. Item Citation: Folder 155, Lenoir Family Papers, #426, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel … Continue reading

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23 November 1864: “If Eva would only love, but I don’t think she does”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 23 November 1864 by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her difficulties with teaching and the dynamics of her family. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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15 November 1864: “I do not take that lively interest in writing that I used to”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 15 November 1864, written by Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her social engagements and activities of the past week. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University … Continue reading

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9 November 1864: “the election day in the United States, what a struggle it must have been!”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 9 November 1864, written by Sarah Lois Wadley. Item Citation: Folder 5, Sarah Lois Wadley Papers, #1258, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Item Transcription: Wednesday, Nov. 9th. 1864 … Continue reading

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27 October 1864: “the very idea of “reconstruction” sends a thrill of horror and disgust through my veins.”

Item Description: Sarah Lois Wadley, a Louisiana woman, discusses in her diary the events of the preceding two weeks. She describes a trip into town, the behavior of her children, and how they are taking care of a wounded soldier. Item … Continue reading

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17 August 1864: “how I had long desired to join the Church”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 17 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about the impending visit of an episcopal minister and her desire to join the church. Item Citation: From volume 4 (folder 5) in the Sarah Lois … Continue reading

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13 August 1864: ” a very uncourteous visitor whoever he be”

Item Description: Diary entry dated 13 August 1864 from Sarah Lois Wadley. She writes about her daily life with detail. She describes what she is reading and the people she talks with as well. There is a small note at … Continue reading

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