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

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Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft.

March 10, 2013

Diary of US patent clerk Horatio Nelson Taft.

Tuesday March 10th 1863

It has snowed and rained the most of the day and been as unpleasant as ever. Maj E P Taft came down from the Fort today and called upon me at the office. Staid till near three o’clock and I went down to the Hotel with him where I met “Carrie” Knowles who has been down to visit her husband. Lieut Col Seward was also there. The news boys were crying the evening papers vociferously, “Latest News Capture of Vandorns Rebel Army.” Well there is such a report in the papers tonight, but only a report. We shall know more in a day or two about it. At Vicksburgh Genl Grant is fighting the Rebels with Water and threatening to deluge the whole Country by turning the Waters of the Miss River. The papers say that the inhabitants are much alarmed. Outrages in this City are becoming quite frequent. Last night there was one man murdered on P.A. Ave and two roberies in frequented parts of the City in the evening. Men were knocked down in the street & robed. I think I will stay in as I have this evening, but the mud kept me in tonight. I sent off the soldiers money this afternoon and enclosed a good deal more and directed for soldiers while at the Express office. Wrote home & may go home the last of the week.

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