Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 26 – September 1, 1863

26th Wednesday  rather a cold morning & frost on railroad a fine day. I arrived at Springfield between 5 & 6 in morning & stayed till 4 ½ in afternoon, went I left for Jacksonville and arrived there at 6 & arrived at the hospital 6 ½. Saw Sister & came back to the villiage between 7 & 8, put up at the mansion house for the night & rested verry well, but slep on a matras.

27th Thursday  rather a fine cool day & some cloudy, I got up about 6 eat breckfust at Mansion House at Jacksonville went to the Hospital about 8 & got sister & started on the cars a little before 9 & got to the Illinois & St Louis Junction 10 ½ stayed till 11-3/4 & started for Joliet, got there a little after 6, eat supper, went to bed about 9 at the Aubern House kep by Austin rested verry well, rained during night [in margin] Caroline moved to Willsons. J Pollard got home from East. Caroline mooved to Wilsons in part of Gary house].

28th Friday  A cloudy damp morning but a cool windy day & cold evening, I eat breckfust about 7 & started about 7 ½ for home with Sister & Netty Fowler & got home a little after 12, took the horse & carriage home eat dinner & went to office about 2 ½ stayed in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

29th Saturday  A cold morning with some frost a cold day & night I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick. Caroline called & went home for stove.

30th Sunday  A cold pleasant morning with a pretty heavy frost which cut potatoes & vines pretty bad & corn some. I did my choars went to office & Hoyts came home was at home the most of the day a choaring round etc went to bed about 9 tiard & nearly sick.

31st Monday  rather a fine day & evening. 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 with a cold.

September 1st Tuesday  A fine cool day & evening. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] Alvaro Drulard died near Murfreesboro.”

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