In Their Own Words
March 13, 1864
Diary Entry on Receiving Both Cheerful and Sad News
Julia Johnson Fisher - a woman staying in Camden County during the Civil War - wrote in her diary of some cheering news she had received on this Sabbath day, only to be followed by more sad news from the war.
The children came from Brookfield and we had our little Sabbath School. They were attentive and learn well. We have had another letter from Augustus which has given us much satisfaction. It is so cheering to get tidings from home. And, one from Fred, who is now in the Florida war. He is seeing hard times. They are fighting with great desperation. Since his letter came they have had another battle. We are all feeling lonely and discouraged again. Mrs. Linn is mostly confined to the house and feels that she can hardly bear her secluded life much longer–her husband is in Savannah. Sybil is in great doubts as regards the future. We would all, if we could, spread our wings and fly away to liberty and friends.