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

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Letters and Diary of Laura M. Towne.

February 25, 2014

Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne

St. Helenaville[1], S.C., February 25, 1864.

We had such a funny time in church to-day. There was no white minister, and two elders preached and one prayed. (We go to the village church now, of course.) The one who prayed — Uncle Jimmy — said that he asked the Lord to bless the brother “who had just preached to them from such a shallow judgment and untormenting understanding.” Whether he played upon the ignorance of the others or was ignorant himself we are inclined to question. In conclusion, he told the Lord he was his unworthy brother.

Did I tell you that our little girl Clarissa came to me to say, “De freeze tumble fas’,” when it was snowing?

[1] St. Helenaville, or St. Helena Village, was where Miss Towne and Miss Murray lived after leaving “The Oaks.” The village was situated near St. Helena Sound, and had one of the finest sites on the island.

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