Warrenville and the American Civil War: February 1863

The local toll of the Civil War continued to be felt in Warrenville and on February 4th, Freddie Cooper and Charles Bartholomew were buried in the Warrenville Cemetery.  As their brothers were laid to rest, the rest of the Warrenville boys serving in the 105th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers moved their base from South Tunnel to Gallatin, Tennessee.  Dr. Waterman, the local surgeon assigned to the Regiment, left Warrenville, where he had been taking a quick break from service, to join the boys as they moved camps in the harsh February weather.

Local townspeople were also doing their part to help the volunteers struggling through the cold February weather by gathering and preparing supplies to send south.  As Hiram Leonard states in his diary that provides much detail of the daily life in Warrenville during the Civil War, he was gathering boots and other needed items, including medicine to send to the soldiers.  Hiram’s housekeeper’s son, William Wray, whom he had helped raise, was among the men in the 105th Regiment that desperately needed the supplies from home and it is no doubt Hiram had him in mind as he gathered the goods.

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

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 4 – 10, 1863

4th Wednesday  rather a fine day for winter  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, Cooper & Charles Bartholomew were buryed.”

5th Thursday  rather fine weather for Feb.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick.”

6th Friday  rather a fine day for winter with a little snow on the ground I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ went to bed between 9 & 10.”

7th Saturday  rather a fine day for winter but cloudy with light snow on the ground.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed 9 ½.  Julia Jenkins who married a Knox some time ago stayed all night.”

8th Sunday  rather a fine cool day & snowed a little.  I did my choars was at the office till after 2 a packing boots etc for the soldiers in the 105 Regt came home about 3 & choared round at home, wrote etc, called at office in evening came home & wrote a letter to Wm Wray & went to bed about 9.”

9th Monday  rather a fine day & evening it rained half the day.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold, H B Fowler sent the box for the soldiers to Wheaton.”

10th Tuesday  rather fine day for winter.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening, came home about 8 by Hoyts & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick, Dr. Waterman started for Kentucky to 105 Reg Ill Vol.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 14-20, 1863

14th Wednesday  Some muddy & damp  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.

15th Thursday  more cool & freezeing  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10.

16th Friday  rather a cold raw day & rough.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 sick.

17th Saturday  rather a cool raw day did not thaw.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10 sick. Charles Bartholomew died in the army at the tunnel this side Galetine Tennessee.

18th Sunday  rather a fine pleasant day & thawed some.  I did my choars went to office about noon came home ½ past one & found Wm McNelly & wife here, & they started for home ½ past 4 Frank started for home about 5.  I went to office & Hoyts in evening came home a little after 8 & went to bed a little after 9 nearly sick with a cold etc.

19th Monday  rather fine weather for winter, 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 ½ past 9 nearly sick  H Pollard left bowling Green for home.

20th Tuesday  rather damp muddy disagreeable weather.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home by Hoyts about 8 got home about 9 & went bed before 10 about sick.”