Thursday, January 24, 2013

1863 January 12 Chapel Hill, N.C.

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

Monday 12th long to be remembered day - Eliza is married. Left me for
good - & tho' I do not fully realize it is so - Still I believe it sufficient
to make me sad - They were united by the Reverend Mr J  Wingfield
of Portsmouth  in the Episcopal Church at 1/2 past 12 O'Clock the
12th Inst - & left immediately from the Church door for Durham
to take the cars at 7 O'clock for Columbus Georgia - The groom
& bride behaved remarkably well & every thing went off as it
should have done - They both looked handsome - & the Church
was very full - Tho' there was but one invitation given out
of the family - & it had been kept very private - Mrs Dawson
move[d] up to the Hotel shortly after we returned fro the church
& her presence has enlivened me some, & prevented my feeling
that my Child has given herself away & left me - Eliza Ann Wright
has also arrived & we will soon have a community of Wilmingtonians -
Ann [?] takes Eliza's marriage & departure very much to heart
She cannot become reconciled to it = We met with kind friends
Mrs Phillips sent an elegant Lunch - & Mrs Mallett a bas
-ket full of everything nice she could think of to eat on the
road - Mrs Campbell has been truly kind= & we can never for
-get her - She will soon be comfortably fixed -

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