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

Through Some Eventful Years

June 20, 2012

Through Some Eventful Years by Susan Bradford Eppes

June 20th, 1862.—The tannery, under Mr. James, is a complete success. Father sent to Gadsden County for a shoemaker, and three of the black boys are working under him, learning the trade; he has three sons and they are motherless. John, the eldest, is fourteen years old, but is very small for his age; David is twelve and Nathan is nine; they have never been to school in their lives and Father wants me to teach them two hours every morning. I have taught Frances right along, since Grandpa gave her to me but I do not know if I can “instill knowledge,” as Dr. Cleveland says, into such unpromising specimens. However, I will try.

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