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In Their Own Words

January 22, 1864

Family Suffered Effects of Civil War

Julia Johnson Fisher - living in the woods in Camden County trying to escape the worst of the war - wrote in her diary that her family was still suffering from its effects.

Frank Linn got badly hurt by a heavy iron wheel which fell upon him. It was a very narrow escape from death–no bones were broken. Whatever may occur there is no physician within sixteen miles. It is a busy time here. Mr. Fisher is laboring hard with black John to finish the new garden fence. The little garden in the midst of the forest has a very pleasant look. Sybil has been three days boiling soap out doors. It reminds one of a gypsy camp when Dianah gets out with her baby stirring the pots. … We hear that Mr. Epstein (the postmaster) and his wife have fled to the Yankees. They passed the pickets in the night and had a boat hid in some creek. He is a jew and did not like the idea of going into the army. Everything that can hold a gun must go, and many would like to flee.

Source: Julia Johnson Fisher, 1814-1885 Diary, 1864