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Collection Number: 02383-z

Collection Title: Susanna Gordon Waddell Diary, 1863-1865.

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 2 volumes
Abstract Susanna Gordon Waddell was the wife of Dr. James Alexander Waddell. Diary of Susanna Gordon Waddell of Union, Monroe County, W. Va., gives details of her daily routine, of family and community matters, and of recurring federal army raids. Poems and recipes from various sources are also included.
Creator Waddell, Susanna Gordon, b. 1824.
Language English
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Susanna Gordon Waddell Diary #2383-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcription available.
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of Southern women and their families in the 19th century, Series A.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Louisa C. Blair of Richmond, Va., in October 1941.
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Susanna Gordon was born in Richmond, Va., in 1824 and married Dr. James Alexander Waddell in 1844. During the Civil War, she and her husband lived in Union, W.Va.

Susanna Waddell kept her diary in two penmanship exercise books; the first volume (28 pp.) contains entries from 8 February 1863 to 15 December 1863, and the second (32 pp.) contains entries from 16 December 1863 to 4 November 1865. In the second volume, there is also one entry for May 1866 and poems dated 11 June 1866 and 17 March 1867. Also included in both volumes are several undated poems, most apparently by Waddell and a few attributed to other people.

Entries mainly concern daily life in Union and the activities of Susanna Waddell's relatives and friends, including the family of Confederate General John Echols. There is extensive discussion of military activities in the Monroe County area, including Union General William Woods Averell's raid on Lewisburg, W.Va., 1-8 November 1863; also mentioned are the activities of General Echols and other Union raids led by generals W. W. Averell, David Hunter, and George Crook.

A typed transcription is also available.

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Processed by: Rebecca Hollingsworth, November 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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