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Emerick, J. H. (fl. 1861-1865) Pocket diary

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06738.05 Author/Creator: Emerick, J. H. (fl. 1861-1865) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Diary Date: 1865 Pagination: 12.4 x 8.2 cm

Summary of Content: 14 prefatory and almanac pages + 170 diary pages + 32 memoranda and account pages. NB. Missing: pages for December 15 -31. No entries: August 28 - September 1; September 3 - 17; September 24 - October 13; October 16 - November 11; November 15 - December 14, excepting a sum on November 21st and the word "very" on December 13. Summary of selected entries 1. 01/05/65. Commander Melander and other officers of the Swedish navy arrive to visit the Army of the Potomac. 2. 01/27/65. General Grant goes south "to Savannah or Ft. Fisher or both." Also, message from Major E. re. O'Brien being sent to Newberne. 3. 01/29/65. "Applied for admission under flag into 9th a.c. line this PM as rebel Peace Commissioners to Washington." 4. 01/30/65. "…Secy. Stanton [illegible] to receive rebel commissioners but subsequent dispatch from President modifies order. Nothing definite yet." Also, "Mahone's division gone south." 5. 02/08/65. Emerick reports on the results of Meade's engagement at Hatcher's Run. 6. 02/09/65. "Quiet reigns in all parts of the country though Sherman may be operating against Charleston by this time." 7. 03/09/65. Rumors concerning Sheridan's movements in the Richmond papers. Also, report on battle at Waynesboro. 8. 03/10/65. "Report some of our cavalry, probably Sheridan's, have penetrated nearly to Richmond and have cut viaduct on canal. Exchange of prisoners going on very fast. …" 9. 03/20/65. "Rebel deserter told me this morning that Sherman is in Goldsboro. Probably true." 10. 04/09/65. Emerick notes Lee's surrender to Grant. 11. 04/10/65. "Fighting probably over. Legislature of VA to meet here [Richmond] on 25th to consider condition of affairs." Also, Emerick sees Macbeth "very poorly played … at Richmond theatre which is very pretty one." 12. 04/11/65. Excursion with Alexander Gardner in the morning, chess game in the evening. 13. 04/12/65. Telegraph line being extended from Petersburg to Lynchburg. 14. 05/06/65. Watches departure of Army of the Potomac. Writes, "probably last time we will ever see it."

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People: Emerick, J. H

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

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Sub Era: The American Civil War

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