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.

January 1, 2014

Letters and diary of Laura M. Towne

[Diary] January 1, 1864, Friday.

Nelly and Mr. Fairfield and Mr. Tomlinson went to Beaufort to Camp Shaw to the grand celebration of Emancipation Day. It was piercing cold. A sword was presented to General Saxton by the colored people of these islands, through Mr. Lynch, who made an eloquent speech. Colonel Higginson’s regiment presented one to him, and he replied. It was a complete surprise to General Saxton and he is delighted.

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