Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1862 December 27 Chapel Hill, N.C.

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

Saturday 27 - Mrs Campbell & Hester arrived to day - & we made Mrs Campbell
come in & dine as it was raining very hard & we wanted to hear all the
Wilmington news - She succeeded well in disposing of my two parlors
furniture - & brought Hester up with her in the Fayetteville boat
& they remained there five days & then came thro' Pittsboro to this place.
Mrs Campbell appeared frightened when she heard neither basket
or trunk had reached here - Hester looks wretchedly - & had but
little time to remain here - as Mr Davis the overseer arrived
the same after noon to take them all to Georgia - He left all
well amongst the whites but several negroes were sick & Elizas
boy Prince had died & Richds maid Jane - the things Mrs Campbell
brought from Fayetteville to dispose of were only tolerably pretty
 & Mrs Whitings dress was a great disappointment to Eliza - Being entirely
different from what she had heard it was  & had been worn -
so she will return it - One set of Collar & sleeve she has kept
they are very handsome.  The others not pretty - I am undecided whether
to buy a bonnet for Ellen or not - Jessie & all the negroes went off willing

MSS 6960

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