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Ellen Wallace Diary, 1849, 1864-1865


14 March the 10. 1864

I have planted with Sally Jinny Harriet & Joe most of my garden seed this morning. 12 Alfred & Henry [vaseinated?] John W dined with us. 13 Mr Flint Just from Clarksvill today he saw Jack who told him to tell his master he & all his company would be at home in a few days. 14 Mr Wallace at Winter Hill will not return until tomorrow. Robert W spent the night with us his health & spirits are much improved 15 Mr Wallace returned home. Kitty overlaid her child 16 Mr Wallace made the second payment on the Berry farm to day. 17 Jacob Julia finished and brought home her picture Rockaway a night scene up with the waggon from Winter Hill, he is now the waggon driver in Jacks place. The clouds of war & trouble in the nation grow thicker & darker. There is a party now in power compared with whom, Nero is an angel. Under the guise of restoring the Union, they are making slaves of freemen, on the plea of mil itary necessity, they commit all manner of outrages. Gov Bramlet has written a remonstrance to [??] against enroling Negroes in Ky which it said will be entirely disregarded. Immence armys under the controle of ignorant wicked men is enough to turn the sun to [redacted] darkness, & the moon to blood. When Oh When will light come & this scene of confusion & horror cease 18 Jacob came up with a load of provinder Mr Wallace & Henry at Clover Green to day Henrys first visit there

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Sunday the 20 March 1864 75

Sunday a dark gloomy looking day [Zuly?] from Clover Green called to see us. Kentucky again threatened by an extensive rebel invasion Foes without treachery [?] discended within We have no controle over our negroes only such as they chose for us to exercise, this [?] disorganizes our whole domestick machinery. It required great self controle & patience to get along with them with any degree of comfort. We are indebted to Lincoln & Jeff Davis for this delightful state of affairs. 21. Robert dined with us. Anne sent word to her Master that Jack was at the farm yesterday trying to get the negroes to leave he suceeded in getting Mary to go with him when her mother found it out. When she went in pursuit with her husband & some other friend, and brought her back. My head aches & my temper is constantly iritated with the negroes, & the everlasting negro subject. If I was only strong & able to do my own work. I would wish never to hear of another negro. 22. The coldest weather for the season I ever saw [?] One of our neighbours in the neighbourhood of Winter Hill informed Mr. Wallace that a plan had been found out through Ruben & one of his negroes, that Jack was to head a large number of negroes & assist them to make their escape on next saturday night. We suppose all of our women who have no children & their husbands are of the numbers. Heard of the death of Mr. [Butter?] Cole Mr. Hume She & her Husband did not enjoy poor Uncle Robert's property long

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March 24 1864

Mr Wallace at Winter Hill his overseer Mr. Raney wishes to leave there and engage in buying [there?] for himself. I suppose Mr. Wallace will [?] him on his wages as overseer is six hundred dollars a year and there is no prospect of making a crop. The negroes are leaving nightly in large numbers Robert called a few moments this morning I have been weeping & feeling very sad, for I heard to day that my poor boy Sandford, who was taken off to Clarksville by Jack was dead. he died of pnemonia [deleted]he died[deleted] a very short time after he ran off. This is a specimen of the boosted freedom given by [Lincoln?] to [delay?] boys from kind masters plentiful homes where they have every comfort to die like beast of the field none to give a cup of watter for the burning lip none to answer the call of dying agony. My poor boy many a night I have gotten up to minister to your wants when sick & I cannot refrain from weeping when I think of your sad fate. [27?] Mr. Wallace & the children went to church 30 Mr. Wallace at Clover Green to day a slight difficulty between the overseer and one of the negro men that hauled a load of wood My garden I fear will have to be made over again

April 6. John called, Robert again complaining what a miserable life a bachelor had. None to cheer in sadness, no one to comfort in sickness, no intrest in life, alas, alas, when will this deplorable state of things cease to exist

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May the 1 1864

On yesterday had a fresh barrel of [shugar?] brought home. Julia had her likeness taken. Rebel prisoners brought inn last night John Wallace has only two negro men left The present is a time of tyrany & military despotism no security for life or property The only priviledged class we have now is the negro Formerly a master could controle his family but if you consider his servant a part of [deleted]his family[deleted] it, he has none, but must put up their high handed impudence in whatever form they may chose to show it. So much for Lincoln's administration His high position as president contrasted with the meanness of his conduct makes him appear the most contemptible man in the nation. Howsen has a dreadful coughf I fear we will have trouble with him to night 2 Robert spent the night with us he was looking remarkably well 3 Mr Wallace took Alfred Henry & Joe with him to Clover Green to try their luck at fishing 4 Mat bought from Winter Hill 48 hams sold for eleven cents. Mr. Campbell my neighbour had 6 of her negroes to leave last night. Jinny planting beans & peas for late use My servant Jinny has been a great blessing to me in rearing and taking care of my children I cannot fore see all the end, but so far she has been faithful amidst the faith less. Our old servant Rachael who who it is thought is more than one hundred years old, is now lying at the gates of eternity. May her end be peace & her morning bright for weary and long has been the night

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May the 7. 1864 19

This day by the blessing of God we are permitted to move up stairs to our summer chamber an unbroken family We passed a pleasant winter down stairs in our dear little rooms no serious sickness among my children For this and all other mercies I feel deeply grateful in this hour of peril and darkness When we are on the wild ocean of revolution a ship recked broken degraded nation a [scof?] and a by word, no security for property, no safety for life. How art thou fallen oh Lucifer son of the morning My Heavenly Father I humbly implore thy blessing [deleted]for[deleted] upon us as a family during our abode up stairs. Be pleased to deliver us from dangers seen and unseen For thine is the Glory and the power amen. 8 Attended church with Julia Old Aunt Eliza Roberts servant paid us a visit. A large number of negroes left town & country on Friday night for the Yankeys 9 Robert dined with us he is looking well and very cheerful Telegraph news that Grant has defeated Lee was received here this evening. Not the slighttest indication of pleasure manifested by the people rather the reverse This is owing to the detestation felt by the better class of people against Lincoln on his negro administration Tis said there will be a negro regiment in town tomorrow When will our cup of humiliation & degregation be full

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May 17. 1864.

Mr. Wallace & Henry at Winter Hill yesterday found. Our old servant Rachael had not spoken or eat since friday she was apparantly dying. I sent her summer outfit for the last time (so different from formerly) It consisted of a sheet a cap & a pair of stockings dust to dust. 18 John [M?] dined with us. Rachael buried to day her raged withered form, and faded eye, commited to the grave in the blessed hope of one day being renewed in immortal youth 23 I called on Mr. Mcray. cut our summer dresses for all the negro women. 24. cut out pants for the men. Our hearts are pained & sickened wih the awful accounts of the terible battles fought between Lee & Grant. To crush the rebellion & capture Richmo -nd is the object of Grant. Lee, the greatest general of this or any other age, I hope will be able to teach the Yankeys a lesson if he cannot save the confederacy It does seem to me that nothing less than supernatural power could enable the south to successfully hold at bay the immence armies of Lincoln. [deleted] 28 Mr Wallace & Henry at Winter Hill to day about sixty negroes left town last night taking [lockaways?] and horses from their owners. If stealing loyals

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June the 1 1864 21

Mens property can crush the rebellion & enrich the Yankys it surely will be done. But the most contemptable class of men are native born Kentuckyans who for the hope of office are crouching to lick the hand of power stained and dripping with the blood of thier country men. The air is darkened with men representing the Carren Crow, who are flying around to fatten on the dead carcas of their once glorious republick. The know no law now, but those in need by a set of raving maniacks, backed by the bayonet

June the 1 The domestick condition of almost all the citizens of this town and state is truely distressing Jackie, in delicate health with large families of young children who have been surrounded by servants all their lives and not accustomed to the least fatiegueing duty are sudenly called to fill the place of servants 5 John W & Julia attended church John brought us a fine mess of strawberries. Our national and domestick condition is like a balance in a state of [inserted]violent[inserted] eruption. [Suden?] destruction has come upon the people Last week Joe & Harriet my house servants went to Clover Green to drop tobaco plants 6 Mr Wallace took me with him to Clover Green The [Beese?] were brought home to night & the stand set in the summer house Mr [Zane?] from Winter Hill reports all doing well there he has set out half of his crop [inserted]of tobaco[inserted] doubtfull if it is saved

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June the 7 1864

I could not sleep last night for thinking & dreaming of the draft which is to take place on Saturday Those drafted cannot pay off as formerly but must furnish a substitute or go into Lincolns army side by side & shoulder to shoulder with the negro troops. The master and his former slave must keep time to the same musick share the same rations if there is any advantage the negro must have it This family must certainly be looked after they are more worthy than the white man in the eyes of the abolutionist. What a pitty after taking them from their rightful owners & making soldiers of them. they cannot [deleted]take[deleted] send a delegation to heaven demanding of the Almighty to change their ebony skins to snow white or suffer the consequences, such is their presumption

June the 8 Mr Wallace at Winter Hill the hands setting out tobaco plants The negroes there seem to have no idea of loosing their comfortable cabins for camp life but we cannot tell how long it will be so Mr Wallace has been very unwell for several days. Mr Zaney the overseer there left to day the 9. to bring home his nephew who has been wounded the plantation has no white man on it at present John Mc brought me up a fine buckit of strawberries to preserve

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June the 10. 1864 28

Mr Wallace at Winter Hill to night I am alone with the children [deleted]to[deleted] which I do not like [deleted]it[deleted] These troublesome times but there is no help for it. I saw a company of miserable looking soldiers come in this evening whom I suppose are drafted men. Alfred & Henry are amusing themselves with Harriet & Joe. Howe is asleep & Julia practising her musick. 11 Sunday Julia attende church Br Jish called to see Mr Wallace he received no mail the rebels have torn up the railroad track. John Morgan again in the state the report is that theye are filing at Frankfert Several towns in uper Ky have been taken

17 John Morgan has again been driven from Ky Govenor Bramlett & the citizens defended Frankfert bravely This evening Mr Campbells school was out for the [se?] Julia & Alfred were both examined Julia acted a part in a dialogue & Alfred delivered a speech in very hansome stile for a little boy

19 Sunday attended the Presbyterian church saw cousin Mary Moore & her daughters 22 June Cousin Lucy Moore & he sisters Fanny & Caroline came in to spend the week with us. I attended a concert given by Mr Campbell scholars in company with Lucy we spent a very pleasant evening hearing musick & conversing with our friends

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June the 23. 1864 Susans baby born

23 The Miss Moores are with us Julia Fanny Caroline Cousin Lucy and myself attended te closing concert this evening the girls would have me to go & I was not hard to pursuade. 25. Robert & the Miss Moore dined with us [?]Lucy came in the evening 26 Attended the presbyterian church in company with the Miss Moores & Julia heard an excelent sermon the Miss Moore left this evening. 27. Mr Wallace the three boys and my self rode out to Clover Green We saw Susan and her fine boy & had a delightful trip July the 1

The weather extremely warm The hands have been harvesting at Winter Hill. to day they are harvesting at Clover Green. there are but few farmers able to gather in their crops of grain. The wheat crop is fine but must be destroyed for want of hands to reap. The few negroes that remain work only as they please.

July the 3. We have just heard from [Authe?] Wallace living on the Ohio [river?] a negro regiment landed went to his house committing all manner of outrages shaking their fists in his face & threatning to shoot him through if he opened his mouth after plundering his house they left taking all his negro men with them threatning to return burn the house & carry off the negro children & women Brother [Duther?] left

Susan lost her baby on friday

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