Josie Underwood's Civil War Diary

By Josie Underwood

A well-educated, outspoken member of a politically trendy relatives in Bowling eco-friendly, Kentucky, Josie Underwood (1840–1923) left in the back of one of many few intimate bills of the Civil battle written through a southern lady sympathetic to the Union. This bright portrayal of the early years of the conflict starts numerous months prior to the 1st pictures have been fired on citadel Sumter in April 1861. "The Philistines are upon us," twenty-year-old Josie writes in her diary, leaving absolute confidence in regards to the alarm she feels whilst accomplice infantrymen occupy her once-peaceful city. delivering a different point of view at the tensions among the Union and the Confederacy, Josie unearths that Kentucky used to be a hotbed of political and armed forces motion, rather in her fatherland of Bowling eco-friendly, referred to as the Gibraltar of the Confederacy. positioned alongside very important rail and water routes that have been very important for delivery provides out and in of the Confederacy, the town associated the higher South's alternate and inhabitants facilities and used to be strategically severe to either armies. taking pictures the fright and frustration she and her kin skilled while Bowling eco-friendly served because the accomplice army's headquarters within the fall of 1861, Josie tells of infantrymen who trampled fields, pilfered vegetation, burned fences, lower bushes, stole meals, and invaded houses and companies. In early 1862, Josie's outspoken Unionist father, Warner Underwood, was once ordered to evacuate the family's Mount Air property, which used to be later destroyed by way of occupying forces. Wartime hardships additionally strained relationships between Josie's kin, acquaintances, and associates, whose passionate ideals approximately Lincoln, slavery, and Kentucky's secession divided them. released for the 1st time, Josie Underwood's Civil conflict Diary interweaves firsthand descriptions of the political unrest of the day with designated bills of an energetic social lifestyles choked with go back and forth, events, and suitors. Bringing to existence a Unionist, slave-owning younger lady who adverse either Lincoln's guidelines and Kentucky's secession, the diary dramatically chronicles the actual and emotional traumas visited on Josie's relatives, neighborhood, and country in the course of wartime.

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Pa can’t get his consent but to renounce the valuable previous domestic however the query is being heavily thought of. 10 each day we listen of a few Union those who have weakened of their loyalty and long past over to the rebels—but all of the top males within the city nonetheless stay precise. Pa, Uncle Joe, the Griders—Judge Loving—the Rodes—the Halls and Hawkins—the Hobsons—the Baker relatives and the Claypoles and Hiram and Mrs. Smith—Mr. Smoot, the Presbyterian minister, pretends to be an excellent Union guy, yet I can’t aid doubting his sincerity. he's a queer man—smart—but there's something in his face, I don’t like and a kind of lisp in his pronunciation that perhaps he can’t help—but is undesirable in a girl and lots more and plenty worse in a guy. Uncle Joe is within the Legislature, after having been U. S. Senator and decide of the excellent court docket [Kentucky courtroom of Appeals]—but for such clever statesmen and patriots going to the Legislature, Magoffin and his gang could have carried Kentucky out of the Union some time past. NOVEMBER eighth— A brigade of extra infantrymen have camped round our condominium and over in the direction of Jim Ewings—taken ownership of the outdated Simmons condo and are quick pulling the entire planks off the barn or even the home for camp fires. it's a solid body apartment of seven rooms—but that too may be destroyed. No protest on Pa’s half avails. as an alternative, the data that the valuables belongs to Pa, the fellow who has adversarial secession so strongly, makes them extra fearful to smash something they could belonging to him. They put out of your mind that he did all he may perhaps to avoid Lincoln’s election and opposes enthusiasts North in addition to South. NOVEMBER ninth— I had such an absurd letter from Capt. White this day, starting, “My pricey leave out Underwood:—A concatenation of infelicitous conditions prevents a private statement of the sentiments this letter needs to feebly declare,” and so on—in such grandeloquent kind that I needed to get a dictionary to learn it and used to be stunned guy so friendly as Capt. White had seemed the few occasions i've got met him, must have written any such letter—I can’t imagine he feels one of these “intense devotion” as he declares—but fancy he desires to amuse himself with a flirtation with the enemy—a kind of sham Romeo and Juliette affair—to differ the ennui of camp lifestyles. I don’t care to play the sport. Then, there’s Tom Grafton—if I did—as a lot as i want to determine him and Jack Henry, i am hoping their regiments won't come to Bowling eco-friendly for I don’t see how i may refuse to work out them. it really is humorous the justifications the younger officials make to get into the house—those who're quite gents and won't intervene as many do with out excuse. NOVEMBER twentieth— pricey Pa’s place is getting more durable and harder—powerless to avoid the regular devastation of our attractive domestic and not able to take us clear of the numerous not easy issues we day-by-day undergo, that are all so undesirable for Ma in her current well-being. approximately the entire fences are gone—burnt, through the warriors of their camp fires—we need to hold our milk cows within the backyard and the railing from round that and the backyard are being pulled off.

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