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In Their Own Words

June 19, 1864

Diary Entry on Hopelessness of Going Home

Julia Johnson Fisher was staying in Camden County during the Civil War, but hoped to return home; on this day she learned that would be impossible.

“After so long a time they send to us from Charleston that we cannot leave here unless we run the blockade. So we have permission to remain here until the war closes. We are getting very destitute of clothing, but it is useless to fear for the future. We may suffer, but many are already suffering. It is doubtless better for us to remain here at present under trying circumstances. We will hope for the best. Bailey returned last week on furlough to Kate’s great happiness. A seven days rain has kept us from going over.”

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