In Their Own Words
March 25, 1864
Diary Entry on High Cost of Travel
Julia Johnson Fisher - staying in Camden County during the Civil War - noted in her diary the high costs of travel, and her desire to go home.
“I have sent a letter to Mary to learn more of the Dutch cottage, and what the prospects are for obtaining it. We have not yet a passport for going North and the time is drawing near when we wish to go. Miss Chappelle writes from Columbus that they are nearly destitute, and must, if possible, get North. They will spend a few weeks with Kate which will lighten their trouble in a measure. It takes a long time here to accomplish anything. We are so far away from Everybody and everything. The railroad is about 80 miles distant and it costs a fortune to go anywhere–$30.00 per day for board–$10.00 to stop over night and everything in the same ratio.”