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In Their Own Words

April 17, 1864

Diary Entry on Receiving Mail

Julia Johnson Fisher, staying in Camden County during the Civil War, recorded in her diary the news on this Sabbath day.

“On Sabbath mornings we look with great impatience for the mail. Today a letter came from Fred. He was in good spirits–he had found a pair of saddle bags containing clothing and had found also a pretty girl from Virginia. He was before Palatka in Florida and expecting a battle daily. We received a paper also, drawn up by the Camden Coites suing General Gilmer for a passport for us. I do not like it, and think I will write for myself. No satisfactory news in the papers. A dish of lettuce and eggs was added to our corn cake at noon which relished nicely. Last night was very cold, a frost in some places.”

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