Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 31, 1861

31st Sunday rather a fine day but some cloudy I did my choars was at home the most of the day a writing etc choaring round, called at office about noon & Hoyts & Wrays at 4 came home about 5 ½ & went to bed about sick at 9 with a cold, was at home all the evening & Doc Waterman was here till near 9 it rained all the evening.”

 

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 30, 1861

30th Saturday the finest day we have had in two weeks, cloudy at night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 called at Wrays & got home ¼ before 10 & went to bed about sick. A. Jewel & Harriet Manning were married today at between 4 & 5 oclock at J. Billings by B. S. Harlow Esqr.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 29, 1861

29th Friday A rainey disagreeable day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 sick.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 28, 1861

28th Thursday rather a raw cloudy disagreeable day & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 tiard & about sick with a cold.”

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Warrenville & The Civil War: 1861 in 48 Minutes

On Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 3:00pm, the Warrenville Historical Society will host “1861 in 48 minutes,” a program detailing the historic year that the Civil War began, highlighting local and national events.   Aided by a presentation of images, presenters will detail life in Warrenville and the events our country was facing as the Civil War was beginning to divide the nation and its people.  The program will be held at the Warren Tavern, located next to the Historical Museum, at 3S540 Second Street, Warrenville.  No admission fee will be charged and light refreshments will be served.

“1861 in 48 minutes” is part of the Historical Society’s four year program “ Warrenville and the American Civil War” in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, which began on April 12, 1861, and ended on April 9, 1865.  This series of programs and exhibits centers around Warrenville in the greater context of the United States’ struggle to maintain a unified union.  Warrenville and DuPage County was a center for the Abolitionist Movement for over a decade by the time fighting broke out, and the strong sense of the injustices of slavery spurred 50 volunteers from Warrenville to fight for the cause.  In April of 1861 “in Warrenville, Adam Griffith, Charles Griffith, and Lewis Gokey were enthusiastic volunteers.  As the walls of the Warrenville Baptist Church shook, who could withstand the call to action of the quartet’s inspired strains: ‘We are coming, we are coming, We hear the loud cry, We will rescue our country, We will save her or die!’” From The Life and Times of Warrenville by Leone Schmidt.

The year 1861 is also being featured in a new exhibit at the Warrenville Historical Museum, 3S530 Second Street, which will run through the end of 2011.  Those wishing to relive the historic year can also check out the Historical Societies blog (www.warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com), where 1861 is being detailed through posts from the diary of Hiram E. Leonard, Warrenville’s Postmaster through much of the Civil War, who meticulously recorded his life in Warrenville.   Please visit our website at http://www.warrenvillehistorical.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about these events and other Historical Society programs.  Contact us at info@warrenvillehistorical.org or (630)393-4215 with any questions.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 27, 1861

27th Wednesday rather raw muddy disagreeable weather.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 9 and went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a  cold.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 26, 1861

26th Tuesday rather a fine day & evening but cool & cloudy. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick with a cold.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 25, 1861

25th Monday rather a fine day for March with a cold raw wind. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 9 & went to bed tiard & nearly sick with a cold. Norman Gosset & Martha Graves were married at the Methodist Ministers in Naperville Bundocks.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 24, 1861

24th Sunday A cool but more pleasant day & evening.  I did my choars was at home the most of the day a choaring & writing called at the office & Hoyts & Wray near night came home about 9 & went to bed nearly sick.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 23, 1861

23rd Saturday a tremendous windy day & grew cold all day & night snow squalled in afternoon & the hardest wind we have had this winter a cold frozen week.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Wrays about ½ past 8 & got home ½ past 9 & went to bed about sick.”

 

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