Item Description: In this diary entry, Rev. Overton Bernard reflects upon his call upon God for revenge against the Union after an eventful day of travel.
Monday 2nd November-The Wind blew violently during the night accompanied with heavy rain–This morning the storm still rages from the South East rendering it extremely dangerous for Shipping on the Southern Coast. Severe as was the Storm, I had to go to Norfolk this morning and retd. about 11 o’clock, it was extremely rough and some hazardous in recrossing the River. I thought of what I written above last night and the possibility of my being in danger of making Shipwreck myself in the Storm and the foregoing being perused as my last journalism. I felt conscientious in not having written in a revengeful spirit and possessed in crossing an humble dependence and trust in God that confusion and disaster would attend the Counsels of the corrupt party in Power.
About Overton Bernard: Overton Bernard kept his diary while serving as a Methodist minister in Edenton, N.C., 1824, and as a bank employee in Portsmouth, Va., 1858-1863.