Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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A Woman’s Wartime Journal.

January 30, 2015

Dolly Sumner Lunt Burge - A Woman's Wartime Journal.

January 30,1865.

As the moon has changed, Julia [the cook] has gone to making soap again. She is a strong believer in the moon, and never undertakes to boil her soap on the wane of the moon. “It won’t thicken, mist’ess—see if it does!” She says, too, we must commence gardening this moon. I have felt a strong desire today that my captured boys [slaves] might come back. Oh, how thankful I should feel to see them once more safe at home!

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