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In Their Own Words

April 08, 1864

Diary Entry on Mill Burned by Yankees

Julia Johnson Fisher, staying in Camden County during the Civil War, wrote in her diary of the Yankees shelling and burning a local mill, and a relative’s futile response to them.

“Last night we were awakened by a shell and rose from our beds to see the new mills and the adjoining buildings on fire. The little schooner came again and finished its work. Now all is gone. Sybil had gone over to Kate Lang’s to pass the night to take an early start in the morning for King’s Ferry as no one washurt she continued her journey. Mr. Fisher and Lynn saved the machinery in a small out house. Gussy secreted himself and fired five times at the invaders. The pickets ran for their lives.”

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