Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 26 – June 1, 1864

“26th Thursday A fine pleasant dry day a little more cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick lonely & unhappy, old Mrs. Billings got a letter from stating that Wm J Wray was shot through the jugular vain in the neck & died almost instantly. Crel Monk was shot through the lung, died in about 24 hours [in margin] I sent Suns letters up to Cal Wray & Willson did not let her read it they were ________.

“27th Friday A fine pleasant day & getting very dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ about & lonely, Wm Griffeth told Caroline that Wm was dead, shot, She came down here about 6 a short time & went back feeling bad.

“28th Saturday a fine pleasant day & more warm. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard sick & lonely. Caroline was down & went to Naperville with Rollen Willson, William McNelly & wife came to Cals & he came here a short time went ______.

“29th Sunday rather fine weather but very windy & some cloudy, I did my choars was at home almost all day choaring & planting garden called at Hoyts in evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & lonely. Rollen Willson carried Caroline & Hall up home to their fathers.

“30th Monday rather fine weather for the season. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ and went to bed nearly sick & lonely about 9 ½.

“31st Tuesday fine pleasant weather but cool. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

“June 1st Wednesday A fine warm day & evening. I did my chaors was at the office al day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard sick & lonely.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 19 – 25, 1864

“19th Thursday A fine hot dry day ground getting dry, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & homesick.

“20th Friday A hot pleasant day & evening, the ground a getting dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & lonesome & unhappy—-.

“21st Saturday A fine hot dry day with conciderable air stiring. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 10 ½ tiard sick lonely & unhappy.

“22nd Sunday A fine hot dry day with conciderable air in afternoon. I was at home the most of the day, worked in garden conciderable in forenoon write choared round & cleaned celler some in afternoon George & Elizabeth went into Col woods & stayed from 2 to 4 hours, I went to bed about 9, lonesome & lonely unhappy day for me. I went up to Williams [in margin] Caroline came home from fathers.

“23rd Monday fine pleasant weather & dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard, sick & lonely.

“24th Tuesday rather fine warm dry weather. 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 & lonely.

“25th Wednesday A fine warm pleasant 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.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 12 – 18, 1864

“12th Thursday rather fine weather for May but cool, I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed 9 ½ about sick & lonely—[in margin] George and wife went to Carolines.

“13th Friday fine cool weather but warm in the middle of the day. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & sick. Caroline went home with Hat to her fathers.

“14th Saturday a pretty 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 with a cold & lonesome. George & wife went to Pelhams & Chandlers, got home in evening.

“15th Sunday A fine pleasant day till afternoon when it was some cloudy & more cool. I did my choars was round the house all day after going to the office in morning. I choared round wrote some etc fixed the fence some round the paster & cleaned out the backhouse etc went to the office & made up the mail come home by Hoyts about 8 & went to bed about 9 nearly sick & lonesome & lonely as death [in margin] Wm J Wray shot at Resaca Georgia in the jugalor vain & died almost instantly in charging Rebel Fortification.

“16th Monday rather fine warm weather & a getting dry. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½, tiard, nearly sick, lonesome & unhappy.

“17th Tuesday A fine warm pleasant day & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick lonesome & Lonely—.

“18th Wednesday pretty hot dry weather for May. I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home by Hoyts about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick, discontented & dreary.”

Fashion Friday featuring the Well-Dressed Women of Warrenville, Mother’s Day Edition

It’s Fashion Friday again at the Historical Society! Enjoy these Well-Dressed Mothers of Warrenville from local artist Mildred Baldwin’s popular column from the Warrenville Digests.  If you’d like to learn more about Mildred, see our earlier blog post here https://warrenvillehistorical.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/womens-history-month-mildred-baldwin/.

We hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 5 – 11, 1864

“5th Thursday rather fine weather for May but cool the most of the time. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.

“6th Friday fine warm forenoon but cool afternoon & evening, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ by Hoyts and went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick & lonesome and downspiritied.

“7th Saturday A cool cloudy morning with a heavey shower about 8, warm in afternoon & evening & some sprinkling, more showers in evening & night.

“8th Sunday A warm cloudy rainey morning but brook away about 9, was some cloudy the most of the day the ground quite wet. I did my choars was around home the most of the day a choaring & fixing fence went to the office & Hoyts in afternoon came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick with cold.

“9th Monday rather a fine weather but cool for the season. 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, lonely & downspiritied.

“10th Tuesday fine cool weather & some cloudy, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold & lonely as death & sick of home.

“11th Wednesday fine cool weather for May, 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 & sick and as lonesome as death all the time.”

Warrenville and the American Civil War: May 1864

Not only had Hiram Leonard all but adopted the Wray children, his former housekeeper’s kids, and provided a home for daughter Elizabeth and her soldier husband George Potter while he was on leave from the army, but he also cared for son William’s wife and baby after William left to fight in the Civil War in 1862. In May of 1864, Hiram, who had sent many a care package off to William during his time with the 105th Infantry, received a terrible letter that brought him great pain and additional strain to his already stressful life. William had been killed on the battlefield at Resaca, Georgia. Although William died while charging rebel forces on the 15th, the news didn’t arrive to Warrenville until the 26th, along with the details that another Warrenville boy, James Monk, had also died from injuries suffered in the charge. As soon as he received the news, Hiram sent a letter up to where Caroline, William’s wife, was staying with her family at the time. Hiram continued to care for Caroline, and even gave her a job as a housekeeper after William’s death. She did remarry for a short period of time before continuing to work for Hiram. 10 years after the loss of William, Hiram would take the ultimate act of caring for Caroline and her child when he married her, despite their 30 year age difference.

Taken from the Warrenville Historical Society’s program “1864 in 48 Minutes” that was held on January 26, 2014.