Civil War Diaries, August 31, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Aug. 31  The morning dawned heralded by a shower.  Attended divine service in the morning at Baptist Church and at the Methodist in the evening & spent the night in a ware house on a pile of corn.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

31st Sunday  A cloudy damp day with several showers during the day & some thunder.  I did my choars went to the office after breckfust came back about 9 & choared round the house wrote some etc called at Hoyts & Wrays in evening came home about 9 & went to bed about sick, Wrays wife & sister came over about noon & picked up things a little & put them away so as to clean house to moove in when Wray comes back.”

Civil War Diaries, August 30, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Aug. 30  Boarded at Hotel & slept in cars.  Drilled 4 hours & quartered in the I.C.R.R. sleeping on a pile of corn.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

30th Saturday  rather a fine hot day but some cloudy.  I did my choars & started for Batavia about 9 with Wrays horse & Wellmans buggy got there between 10 & 11, came back & took dinner at Carpenters called at Yorks about & left about 3 & got home about 4 choared round the house & went to office about 5, eat supper about 6 did my choars was at the office in evening came home by Hoyts about 8, got home about 9 & soon went to bed nearly sick.”

Civil War Diaries, August 29, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Aug. 29  Went to Camp at Dixon”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

29th Friday  rather a fine hot day but cloudy some.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 by Hoyts & got home about 9 & soon went to bed tiard & sick & lonesome the soldiers all left for camp at Dixon & Wray with them it was a solem lonesom time, they say it was the most trying seen that has ever been seen in this country when they were all at Wheaton & when they left, said by some, that there were more tears shed than on any occasion in the same length of time.  Left Wheaton at 11 oclock.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 28, 1862

28th Thursday  rather a fine hot day.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts about 9 & soon came home & went to bed about 10 tiard & sick had carryd up & emptyed grain all day, they got done at 3 or 4, Wm sorted some bags till between 8 & 9 & I helped him milk after that, I went to bed about 10 tiard & sick, we had in all 274 bushels oats & 70 bushels wheat badly cleaned.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 27, 1862

27th Wednesday  rather a fine hot day & night.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts about 8 & got home about 9, went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick, Griffeth & Willson thrashed our grain, commenced at 3 oclock & thrashed till night & I helped carry up oats & was tiard.”

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Civil War Diaries, August 26, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Aug. 26  Mustered into the Services.

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

26th Tuesday  rather fine weather for the season, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 by Hoyts and got home at 9 went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick, the 4 company of soldiers met at Wheatons today & was mustered into the Servis & received their Bounty, Wray got back about dark.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 25, 1862

25th Monday  rather a fine day.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & soon went to bed nearly sick.  Wray went to Naperville to meet with Graves Company & drill.  W got home about 6.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 24, 1862

24th Sunday  A fine cool pleasant morning hot in middle of day, cloudy some in afternoon & looks like a storm, I did my choars went to Wrays to breckfust called at the office about 8 a short time came home about 9 wrote some choared round fixed & put up some wines etc was at home the most of the day, called at Hoyts & Wrays towards night & came home 8 ½ & soon went to bed, John McNelly & his mother came to Wrays about 9 & started for home about 4 or 5.  Capt Joseph Napers Funeral was held at his house with a few remarks about 10 this forenoon, was buryed in Masonic order.”

Warrenville & The American Civil War: August 1862

As our country continues to honor the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, the Warrenville Historical Society continues its program “Warrenville & The American Civil War” detailing the historic time period as it was lived by local residents and our brave men who volunteered to fight in the Union cause. Please enjoy excerpts about August 1862 from our program “1862 in 48 Minutes” which detailed the year month by month from the national and local perspectives.

During the month of July, President Lincoln had made a call for more troops as it clear that fighting would not end soon. During the month of August, 19 men volunteered to answer the President’s call for more troops. On August 5th, W. Henry Wyman and Albert Buchanan signed up for Company B of the 105th Infantry. On August 6th, Ashley Carpenter and his friends Robert Corlett and Freddie Cooper joined them in Company B. Within the next few days there followed a steady stream of volunteers for Companies B and D of the 105th: Daniel Fowler, Alvaro Drullard, Edward Monk, John Billings Jr., Hiram Bostwick, Ferdinand Fowler, William Wray, A. Judson Graves, Charles Bartholomew, Darius Bartholomew, Arthur Bostwick, James Monk, and L. Villeroy Ressequie. The Warrenville community undoubtedly felt pride, sorrow, fear and hope as they waited for the brave volunteers to receive their assignments.

While the Warrenville community was waiting for the departure of the new soldiers, DuPage County suffered a great loss when Joseph Naper died on August 23rd.

To learn more about 1862, the second year of the Civil War, please stop by the Warrenville Historical Museum & Art Gallery during our summer hours Wednesdays and Sundays 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and view our exhibit “Warrenville & The American Civil War: 1862.”

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Join the Historical Society at their Annual Meeting and Presentation of “When Trolleys Rode the Prairie Path”

Come and “take a ride on the Great Third Rail,” as noted historian Steve Hyett presents his multi-projector slide show about the electric interurban railroad affectionately known at the “Roarin’ Elgin,” during the Warrenville Historical Society’s Annual Meeting on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:00pm.

The Chicago Aurora & Elgin railroad ran from Wells Street station on the Loop elevated structure in downtown Chicago, through the western suburbs to Wheaton, where the line split in two and ran to Elgin and through Warrenville to Aurora.

The electric rail line began running in 1902 on streetcar tracks in downtown Aurora and Elgin, and then on its own private right-of-way on what is now known as The Prairie Path. That’s the same Prairie Path that runs through Warrenville today. Warrenville was a major stop on the line. The “Third Rail” died in 1957 with the opening of the Eisenhower Expressway.

Warrenville CA&E Railroad station

It was a great ride while it lasted, and Hyett will rekindle those memories as he brings alive that era in his entertaining program.

Space is limited. Please contact the Historical Society at 630.393.4215 or info@warrenvillehistorical.org to make your reservation. All Historical Society members as well as the general public are invited to attend.