GRISHAM, PETER H., 2nd Ky. Cavalry 1881 + 1883 + 1890 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNALS/DIARIES OF P.H. GRISHAM CIVIL WAR VETERAN, GENEALOGIST OF WASHINGTON DC ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA, ARKANSAS AND TENNESSEE
USA 1881 Original Cloth Good+ Manuscript
Three curious diaries/logs/journals of Peter H. Grisham [mustered out a Corporal of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry.] Peter tends to write front to back and then change back to front in these 'pocketbook' type journal. Peter meanders making observations, jotting memories, detailing genealogical histories; Mrs. Mary Bevins, his sister, some famed people he knew through his father and notes the history of the family's steel works is in the snippets to follow. "July 10th, 1883. My duties have been arduous + have neglected to keep up any diary, regularly. I went to Arkansas - last May was a year - via Baltimore, Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Chicago, St. Louis by RRs and by Steamer too Memphis + by RR to Little Rock + Geary [?] Ark. to my sister, Mrs. Mary Blevins near Pangburn, White Co. Ark?" "July 22nd, 1883 - Wrote letter to J. Lundy Brotherton, Phila., in reply to his in regard to Benj Lundy and Elihu and Elijah Embree who printed + published the 1st Emancipation newspaper in the US States some 50 years ago....took me to clerk at his great ironworks in 1838....I stayed at his house as a clerk near six years and was present when he died." "About six years ago Bridget (an Irish girl that sews for them) that G. Eaton, was paymaster general under Genl Scott killed himself before this: he ran away with the granddght of his 1st wife. Col. Clark...knows of it." July 29th, 1883, Alexandria Va. This ancient city is still inhabited by many of the old Virginia Aristocracy who own the best of the property. The city was mostly of the tory sort I believe in the days of Washington - who attended Church here in the same building I did today....That it sympathised with England and the King may be inferred from the names of the streets - King St., Queen St., Prince.....It was also a strong rebel city during the late war sending about a thousand soldiers into the rebel army under Genl R.E. Lee who lived a few miles above opposite the city of Washington. The pocketbook has a page or two missing, one hinge is loose is written in pencil, blue crayon and pen. A number of pages are financial - stock holdings, monies loaned and repaid. Some more legible than others especially the log parts where he has crossed out information that was no longer relelvant. 50+pp. Diary for 1881, also a pocketbook style tells the long tale of the death of Catherine M. Melville and other historically relevant events for Washington City, DC as he writes. 20+pp.Diary for 1890 is for the most part very much like the others.