Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 29 – August 4, 1863

29th Wednesday  A fine pleasant day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 1/2 . Dan Perry died A Coats died at Murfeesboro today.

30th Thursday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ 105th Regt left Murfeesboro for __________.

31st Friday  rather fine weather & dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening. I came home about 7 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

August 1st Saturday  fine weather & dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick. Mrs Potter went to Israel Kenyon, he carried her.

2nd Sunday  rather a fine day & dry. I did my choars was at home all day & evening called at office & Hoyts, made some current wine went to bed about 9.

3rd Monday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

4th Tuesday  A fine dray day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 22 – 28, 1863

22nd Wednesday  rather fine weather for the season, with a fine shower in the evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½. Dr. Warren Wellman died in Michigan on his farm, Saturday July 25th 1863 was wed in the morning, then taken suddenly with the bilious cholic, severely till 9, then had a doctor till 11 oclock when they thought he was out of danger, he expired at 12:30 afternoon suddenly said to be a tuch of apoplox [in margin].

23rd Thursday  fine weather but some damp. I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick.

24th Friday  rather fine warm weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

25th Saturday  rather a fine weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 9 & soon went to bed nearly sick with a  cold. Sam McFerran died today.

26th Sunday  A fine day & evening cool towards night I did my choars was round home all day except going to the office at 2, picked some currents did my choars was at the _____ & went to bed about 9 nearly sick. Isreal Kenyon & wife came here about 10 & went away at 5. Sam McFerren was buryed today funeral at Baptist meeting house Frank was here.

27th Monday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

28th Tuesday  rather a fine day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick, I got I got a line from F Wellman that he had just got a dispatch from his Father that Warren Wellman was ded & he was to start tonight for Michigan.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 15 – 21, 1863

15th Wednesday  fine dry weather but more cool quite a cold night. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & soon went to bed nearly sick.

16th Thursday  A cold pleasant morning with a frost in many places so that it cut & spoilt corn. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came at 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½.

17th Friday  A cool pleasant dry day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

18th Saturday  rather a fine day & more warm. I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick. Hoyt came down & carried Caroline home.

19th Sunday  A fine pleasant morning but clouded up in forenoon & begun to sprinkle a little about noon & wet conciderable for 2 or 3 hours, I did my choars was round all home all day went to the office about 10 ½ & again about 1, choared round some picked some currants & made one gallon wine, called at Hoyts etc went to bed about 8 ½ or 9.

20th Monday  fine weather for the season, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & near sick.

21st Tuesday  rather a fine day & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.”

Warrenville Mobile Walking Tour

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Drawing of early Warrenville from Leone Schmidt's "In and Around Historic Warrenville"

Drawing of early Warrenville from Leone Schmidt’s “In and Around Historic Warrenville”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 8 – 14, 1863

8th Wednesday  A fine dry hot day verry dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick.

9th Thursday  rather a fine day & evening but dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

10th Friday  A fine day but some cloudy & looks like rain verry hot & muggy. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick. Mrs Holmes had an exhibition of her school at the Academy this evening house full. Caroline went to Naperville & got her teeth pulled.

11th Saturday  A cool morning & day & cloudy looks like rain is very dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & soon went to bed good night to sleep.

12th Sunday  A cool cloudy sun shown more. Sun shown more in afternoon than before, I did my choars was round the house the most of the day, went to office twice, wrote some red some mowed some & choared round house picked some cherry, called at Hoyts in evening came home & went to bed 9.

13th Monday  fine warm dry weather a getting verry dry, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

14th Tuesday  A fine dry warm day no rain for some time. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.”

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Warrenville and the American Civil War: July 1863

After the Battle of Upperville, the Warrenville volunteers in the 8th Cavalry moved on to Gettysburg where fighting broke out on July 1st.  Marcellus Jones, a Wheaton man with the DuPage Company, is regarded as the soldier who fired the first shot at the deadly battle.  The local cavalry performed valiantly and was “publicly thanked by General Doubleday for saving the division from annihilation.”

On July 22nd, Dr. Warren Wellman, who had long worked in the Warrenville community, died on his farm in Michigan.  In his diary, Hiram Leonard recalled the events around Dr. Wellman’s death as follows: “was wed in the morning, then taken suddenly with the bilious cholic, severely till 9, then had a doctor till 11 oclock when they thought he was out of danger, he expired at 12:30 afternoon suddenly said to be a touch of apoplox.”

When the 105th Illinois Infantry moved positions again and took up camp at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on July 30th, they did so without Sam McFerran, who had died on the 25th and was buried after a funeral at the Baptist meeting house.

Taken from the Warrenville Historical Society’s program “1863 in 48 Minutes” that was held on January 27, 2013.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 1 – 7, 1863

1st Wednesday  A fine hot day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening a making out my P.O returns came home at 8 ½ & soon went to bed.

2nd Thursday  A fine day but dry & hot, I did my choars was at the office all day, finished making out my returns came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½. Caroline came home at noon & Elizabeth went to Griffeths between 6 & 7, to stay over night.

3rd Friday  A fine hot dry day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½.  J B Pollard came out to.

4th Saturday  a fine hot day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 by Hoyts & went to bed about 10 Caroline went to St. Charles with Rol Willson & got back at 1 oclock to __________ Murry Shorm & wife were here.

5th Sunday  A fine hot day & evening. I did my choars was at the house a picking cherry the most of the day went to office about 10 came back tuk a nap about one & picked cherry before & after Caroline & Roll went her Fathers & got home after 9 & went to bed between 9 & 10.

6th Monday  rather fine dry hot weather. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

7th Tuesday  A fine dry hot day the ground a getting verry dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”