Wednesday, May 30, 2012

1862 May 31 Chapel Hill, N.C.

[from the diary of Eliza Oswald Hill, refugee from Wilmington, N.C.]

Saturday 31st  Warm day again--I have just received a
long letter from Fred--He & Mr Walters have joined a Cavalry
company in Starke's Regiment from Washington County in
Mississippi--The Captain's name is Blackburn--& a large
proportion of the company are wealthy gentlemen from that
county--They are sent to Vicksburg to keep the Federal Gun
boats from landing--they will enter service the 5th of June
He will take Tom Bradley with him--A bad choice I am a
-fraid as he drinks hartly[sic] tho' affectionate.  We took tea
at Mrs Phillips had everything nice & the evening passed off
pleasantly.  Our ladies are going on a fishing party to day
They are to hire a Hack between them.

MSS 6960

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