Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 31, 1862

31st Friday  rather a cold day but good winter weather.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 by Hoyts & Wrays & went to bed at 10 sick.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 30, 1862

30th Thursday rather a cold freezeing day & night.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.  Mrs. Bliss was here all day & Mrs. Sprague came back about dark tonight after I got home to supper.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 29, 1862

29th Wednesday  Stormed some & grew more cold, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 and went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick with a cold etc.  Mrs. Culver was here with Sister.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 28, 1862

28th Tuesday  rather a stormy thawey day rained some, the snow all sposh I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 by Hoyts & Wrays & went to bed about 10.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 27, 1862

27th Monday  rather fine winter weather.  I did my choars was at the office the most of the day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick.  Mrs. Bliss was here with Sister.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 26, 1862

26th Sunday  rather a fine cold morning, the Murcury stood in the thermometer in morning 10 degrees below zero, a pretty fine day but cool & cloudy, I did my choars called at Bliss & Hoyts came home & was at home the most of the day, a choaring round got Sister home about 3 or 4 oclock.  I did my choars etc.  Wm McNelly & Wray & wife went to H. Goulds about 10 & got back about dust.  I called at Hoyts & Wrays in evening came home about 8 & went to bed between 9 and 10 tiard & nearly sick with a cold & trouble.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 25, 1862

25th Saturday  a fine cool winter day & good sleighing a cold night.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts & Wrays with Wm McNelly about 8 & got home about 9 & went to bed alone.  Wm McNelly got over about 3, I eat supper at Wrays.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 24, 1862

24th Friday a fine winter day & good sleighing.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 by Hoyts & Wrays got home about 9 & went to bed alone supper at Wrays.”

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Tonight: 1862 in 48 Minutes

As our nation continues to honor the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, which began on April 12, 1861 and ended on April 9, 1865, the Warrenville Historical Society is continuing its four year program, “Warrenville & the American Civil War.”  This series of programs and exhibits centers on Warrenville in the greater context of the United States’ struggle to maintain a unified union.

Ashley Carpenter

At the time the fighting broke out, Warrenville and DuPage County had been a center for the Abolitionist Movement for over a decade, and the strong sense of the injustices of slavery spurred 50 volunteers from Warrenville to fight for the cause over the four year war.  By the beginning of 1862, 13 men had left for Warrenville to fight in the war.  During the course of 1862, 25 more brave men would volunteer to fight for the Union.  Tragically, 1862 would also see Warrenville’s first war casualty, Ashley Carpenter, Colonel Warren’s nephew.

On Monday, January 23, 2012, at 7:00pm, the Historical Society will host “1862 in 48 Minutes,” a program detailing the year month by month, highlighting local and national events.   Aided by a presentation of images, presenters will detail life in Warrenville and the events our country was facing with the Civil War.  The program will be held at the Warrenville Public Library.  No admission fee will be charged and light refreshments will be served.

When the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery reopens on Sunday, February 5th, the year 1862 will also be featured in a new exhibit that will run through the end of November 2012.  Those wishing to relive the historic year can also check out the Historical Societies blog (www.warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com), where 1862 will be detailed through posts from the diary of Hiram E. Leonard, as well as Ashley Carpenter’s wartime diary. 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, January 23, 1862

23rd Thursday  fine winter weather.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came about 8 called at Hoyts & Wrays got home about 9 & went to bed with – – all alone.”

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