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

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Village Life in America.

November 15, 2013

Village Life in America, 1852 - 1872, by Caroline Cowles Richards

November 15. ¹ — “We” went out to Fort Hamilton to-day and are going to Blackwell’s Island to-morrow and to many other places of interest down the Bay. Soldiers are everywhere and I feel quite important, walking around in company with blue coat and brass buttons—very becoming style of dress for men and the military salute at every turn is what one reads about.

Sunday.—Went to Broadway Tabernacle to church to-day and heard Rev. Joseph P. Thompson preach. Abbie Clark is visiting her sister, Mrs Fred Thompson, and sat a few seats ahead of us in church. She turned around and saw us. We also saw Henrietta Francis Talcott, who was a “Seminary girl.” She wants me to come to see her in her New York home.


¹ Unless Miss Richards had two entries for the same date, the date for this entry is probably in error. November 15, 1863 was a Sunday.  The entry noted here as Sunday lies between entries for the 15th and the 19th, a Thursday, the date Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

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