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In Their Own Words

February 25, 1864

Old Home Sold, Mangled Civil War Soldiers Seen

Julia Johnson Fisher, in Camden County, wrote in her diary of their old homestead being sold, and a relative seeing some disturbing sights of wounded soldiers.

A letter from Esther telling that the homestead is sold. We have no longer a father, mother or home. I did not expect to see this day, nor such a time for our Country. Julia wrote us from the station that she was obliged to sleep in a negro house in the care of negroes one night, and that some of the wounded soldiers had come on the cars terribly mangled. The rebels are incensed at Mrs. Alberti, suspecting her of having dealings with the enemy. They threatened to burn all her buildings. Yesterday Mr. Fisher and Sybil went to Brookfield in the cart. Mrs. Brazil has named her little girl Julia Fisher. I know of no other reason than because I have taught her little girls on the Sabbath. Our peach and plum trees are in bloom but are injured by the severe frosts. We have had an unusually cold winter.

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