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

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Journal of Julia LeGrand.

January 19, 2013

The Journal of Julia LeGrand

January 19th [1863]. Mary Waugh spent the evening; talked about ghosts and goblins until Jake, the little darky, was afraid to go to bed. Mrs. Norton said “nonsense” and “how can people be so silly?” to each veracious tale unfolded, but presently fell to telling the most wonderful spiritual visitation that I ever heard of, which had come under her own experience. She also quoted the spiritual accidents which happened in John Wesley’s family—people whom she could not doubt, being a fervent Methodist. These are the only ghosts she believes in; she says all the others are “lies and nonsense.”

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