Village Life in America by Caroline Cowles Richards

This was a charming read. The diary of a young girl growing up on the eve of the Civil War and beyond in Canandaigua, New York. .


“Monday Morning, April 10, 1865—‘whether I am in the body, or out of the body, I know not, but one thing I know, Lee has surrendered! and all the people seem crazy in consequence. The bells are ringing, boys and girls, men and women are running through the streets wild with excitement; the flags are flying, one from the top of our church, and such a “hurrah boys” generally, I never dreamed of. We were quietly eating our breakfast this morning about 7 o’clock, when our church bell commenced to ring, then the Methodist bell, and now all the bells in town are ringing. Mr. Noah T. Clarke ran by, all excitement, and I don’t believe he knows where he is. No school today. I saw Capt. Aldrich passing, so I rushed to the window and he waved his hat. I raised the window and asked him what was the matter? He came to the front door where I met him and he almost shook my hand off and said, “The war is over. We have Lee’s signature, with his own name signed.”

Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary will be the most romantic, beautifully written diary you’ll ever read!! This book is referenced throughout Winston Groom’s Shiloh where he highlights the love story between Josie, a Kentuckian, and a confederate soldier, Tom Grafton. I fell in love with this and often think of writing a musical play for it! 😀

…. If you ever go to the Mammoth caves in Kentucky you can see her signature inside one of the caves. I just happen to ask our tour guide this when we went through one year and he said, yes, she was there in 1860ish and indeed signed one of the famous cave ceilings with candle soot, like many visitors did back then. She also is the only person I know of who has documented seeing Lincoln ride without an entourage to the soldier’s home. I wrote the author of Lincoln’s Sanctuary about this after he stated that Lincoln never rode alone to the soldiers home. He wrote back a little perturbed and said he had realized this after publication and would include it in the second edition. 🙃

…. This is a recent hardcover, pictured against a genuine civil war soldier mug and a collage I made for my civil war tintypes.


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