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In Their Own Words

January 04, 1864

Diary Entry on Son Joining Army

A Camden County woman mentioned in her diary about a family member reaching conscription age and preparing to join the Confederate army.

Today Clarence is five years old. He is the darling of the household but in danger of being spoiled in consequence. Gussie has now arrived at the conscript age and is making arrangements to join the army. Fred has come home after an absence of two months. He has been to Thomasville to visit Julia (Ellis’ widow) found her pleasantly situated, surrounded by a large circle of friends. She introduced him to several young ladies–and he is now in love with Thomasville–wishes his mother to move there as he has come to the conclusion we are on the jumping off place of creation. I only wish I could see a place to jump. Julia sent Mr. Fisher six yards of striped homespun for shirts, a rich and welcome gift and gratefully received. This induces us to take a retrospective view of things when cloth and shirts were abundant such as would now cost five dollars a yard. Extortion is carried on at a high rate. We fear that we have not seen the worst.

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