Monday, November 24, 2014

Nov. 24. 1864 Thursday

This is the Day of National Thanksgiving. Snow still on the ground.  Miss Pollock called for us to go to church at the old school Presbyterian Church, just across the street.  A good brick edifice capable of seating a thousand persons.  Well grown evergreens in the yard which is surrounded by an ornamental iron fence.  Mr. Lester pastor of the church preached from the text “Watchman what of the night,” &c, &c.  It was more like a fast-day than a thanksgiving sermon, he dwelt much upon the great expense of the war, and drew sad pictures of the desolations it occasioned (and rather complimented the Democratic party on its good behavior since the Presidential election.  He ventured to say that “between the North & South Slavery would be ground to powder and let all the people say Amen” --  He is I suppose really a Union man, but having a majority of copperheads in his congregation he trims his sails accordingly.
Kate who had to stay at home to take care of Thomas with Maria’s help got up a nice dinner, turkey with cranberry sauce, vegetables, cake, cheese, and canned quinces &c --  Maria is a contraband who escaped from Bortetout Co. Va. At the time of Hunters Raid, she is a good cook, but slow in her movements.  She has a child 2 years old named Jennie Bell.  She has been helping Kate two or three weeks.
Mr. McLean though quite unwell went to his own church.  After noon two of his elders Mr. McCleery and Mr. Patterson called, both appeared to be intelligent men.

Peggy's note:
Here is a link to President Lincoln's Proclamation of Thanksgiving:

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Wednesday Nov. 23. 1864

Last evening we arrived at the station of West Alexander and inquired for the residence of Mr. McLean, before our question was answered a little boy presented himself and told us eagerly that he had a carriage for us and would take us to Mr. McLean’s      we soon found that this was Harte, the youngest of the family.  Arrived at the village we found Kate in the door awaiting us and glad to see us.  Mr. McLean who has been sick for six weeks, was suffering from a re-lapse, and unable to leave his bed.  Thomas the eldest son, is sick upstairs and Kate has her hands full.  Two of  Mr. McLean’s daughters who are teaching school at Middleton have been here for three weeks helping nurse but went back to their schools yesterday, thinking that their friends here were getting well.  The very cold weather of yesterday & today has acted unfavorably upon the disease, which is erysipelas fever which Mr. McLean caught at Martinsburg, where he went to labor among the sick and wounded of Sheridan’s army, as a member of the United States Christian Commission --
Mrs. Ely, Miss Jan Pollock, Mrs. Dr. Davidson, Dr. Davidson and Dr McKeehan called.  The latter is an old gentleman of 88 years, who was in Marietta about the year ’98 & wanted to talk about old times and early settlers of Ohio.  He is quite eccentric and rather hard of hearing.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Tuesday Nov. 22 1864

We rose early, cabin cold, soon after day light got a cab and went to the McClure House, porter 25 cents, Cafe 65 cents.  Got breakfast and dinner, sat in the reception room, & parlor, --  Snowy cold, disagreeable day.  Could not go out into the city.  Went to the Hempfield depot at three o’clock in the cab.  Railroad not very good, slow progress, arrived at West Alexander 16 miles     about sunset.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Monday Nov 21 1864

Rose early, eat breakfast, and Lucy and I waited for the omnibus which was late, we bearly reached the upper landing at Marietta in time to get aboard of the Leonore, a stern wheel steamer chartered to run in place of the Express now laid up for repairs -- dirty boat -- cross chamber maid --  Among the passengers was a Mrs. Walton of Paris Ill. very social -- A German woman dressed in grey silk who fancied she saw in me an old acquaintance & gave me a cordial greeting  -- A Mrs. Jennie Randolph of Woodsfield cousin of Cochran’s, Mr. Cadwallader of Marietta &c  -----  Weather cold and disagreeable dark before we got to Sunfish where Mrs. Walton & her husband left the boat.  Not much opportunity to notice the scenery, some fine views of river & hills.  Oil men on board were getting off at the different landings.  At Bull creek saw the oil floating on the river, many barrels piled up on the bank, with apparatus for digging &c.     Arrived at Wheeling about 2 o’clock Tuesday morning remained on board till morning--  Fare on boat $3.00.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Saturday Nov. 19 1864

Mrs Dawes & Katy Andrews came last night and will go back on the three o’clock train.  I shall go with them expecting to go with Lucy next Monday to visit Kate at West Alexander Penn.    
---------I went as expected with Mrs. S. C. Dawes & the Major & Katy Andrews to town by the afternoon train.  Went in the omnibus from Harmar depot to Mrs Dawes’ -- fare 25 cents.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Friday Nov. 18 1864

A cloudy, drizzling day.  Raked off the leaves from the front yard.  Had the palpitation of the heart -- -- Last night about 11 o’clock the cannon at Fort Boreman began to boom, and continued firing until midnight -- Probably unionists rejoicing over Lincoln’s re-election -- Rained all last night.

Peggy's note:  Fort Boreman was across the river in Parkersburg, West Virginia.