Lizzie A. Barber 1862 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CIVIL WAR DIARY BY A PROLIFIC 20 YR. OLD MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN
West Northfield Massachusetts MA 1862 Very Good Manuscript
On offer is an original 1862 diary by Lizzie A. Barber of W. Northfield, Massachusetts. Lizzie is a prolific diarist and while she deals with the matters of being a young lady turning 20 years old, like graduating from school and going into her first teaching job, this is moreso a detailed home front Civil War account as Lizzie gives evidence of her knowledge of Civil War battles, local troop deployments, prisoner exchanges, deaths, etc. Here are some of the entries: "239 Union prisoners exchanged from Richmond (VA), Albert Graves and Philand Stricter among them", "Albert Graves and Stricter arrived home, were taken prisoner at Bull Run July 21, 1861", "A battle took place at Somerset KY between General Schaeffers and General Zollicoffers?, 2 was killed, and his army entirely defeated", "went to the Depot, expected to see General Butler, he did not come", "Willie, the Presidents (Abraham Lincoln) youngest son, died this afternoon", "Went to lecture by Rev. Green, native of Scotland, spoke of Mary Queen of Scots", "went to an abolition lecture, did not like it very much", "went up to the grove to see the Negro preachers, they yelled like good fellows", "the 10th Vermont Regiment went through", "got a hummingbirds nest at risk of life and limb", "went to Brattleboro and saw a man walk a tightrope across the street, 4 stories high", "the 11th Vermont Regiment went down today", "the news came that General McClellan had taken 2500 or so rebel prisoners, great firing of cannon and general jubilee", "military muster in Brattleboro", "went down to see the 14th Vermont Regiment go down, how they did yell and scream", "went to the depot to see the 15th Vermont Regiment go down", "16th Vermont Regiment went down today", "went down to the tracks to see the 12th Vermont Regiment", "Andrew called, starts for the war in a day or so, belongs to the 52nd Mass. Regiment, Company H, poor fellow, it is a chance if we see him again", "Si Alexander was buried today in the Masonic style". This diary will also prove a treasure trove for historians and genealogists as she mentions dutifully everyone she meets; Crisson, Green, Stricter, Belding, Miller, Graves, Smith, Brown, Loomis, Schaeffer, Zollicoffers, Stebbins, Doolittle, Cowles, Hartwell, Johnson, Butler, Dickinson, Kendall, Hale, Whitman, Field, Days, Hunting, Barton, Rice, Hall, Chase, Cuttler, Houghton, Wheeler, Dewey, Clark, Gould, Lyons, Carpenter, Allen, Ballard, Ward, Colliston, Leach, Nutting, Gleason, Stebbins, Dutton, Preston, Kingsly, Beldings, Holton, Wilde, Ray, Risly, Pierce, Miller, Purple, Mead, Priest, Murray, Flagg, Dickenson, Preston, Cutler, Clark, Goddard, Lawrence, Guillow, Wilson, Felton, Kimbol, Marvel, Woodard, Peeler, Hunt, Burrows, Howe, McClellan, Mead, Carrol, Morse, Sanford, Emerson, Day, Pratt, Hillard, Morse, Bond, Yorker, Wilson, Alexander, Wilder, Knight, Pierce, Snow, Weymouth, Butler, Reed, and Bregham. Some of the local place-names are Vernon, Amherst, Bernardston School, Fitchburg, Warwich, Winchendom, Powers Institute, Brattleboro, Springfield, and Greenfield. Superb portrait of life in the North during the Civil War. Measures about 3 1/2" X 2 1/4", very good condition.