Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 26 – April 1, 1868

26th Thursday  rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly worne out with Sister [in margin] James Paxton & Miss Olmsted were married.

27th Friday  A fine day for March  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & worne out  Connel sawing wood  Mrs Jorden came to see Sister.

28th Saturday  A fine pleasant day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly worne out with Sister  Connel finished sawing my wood  Mrs Jorden came to see Sister.

29th Sunday  A fine warm pleasant day  I did my choars was at home the most of the day went to the office at noon choared round the most of the day went to bed at about 9 nearly sick  Sherman Willson came & paid me 308 dollars  R B Pollard called & see me & stayed some time  Mrs Stone went to Hines & Willson  Dr A Watermans fourth child & second son was born this morning.

30th Monday  rather a fine 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 & worne out with Sister & trouble etc.

31st Tuesday  rather fine weather for March  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick & worne out with trouble & Sister.

April 1st Wednesday  rather a fine day but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard sick & worne out with trouble with Sister [in margin] Wm Jorden died tonight at about 10 oclock  Wm Boyd was married about this time.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 3 – 9, 1867

3rd Wednesday  disagreeable weather & bad roads  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick  Sister we carried over to Dr Waterman in afternoon  She stayed all night.

4th Thursday  A cloudy damp day cooler toward night  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & lonely  I brought Sister from Dr Watermans about 9  F Gary brought us in a buggy.

5th Friday  A cold disagreeable morning with a flurry of snow on the ground & frozen it snowed a little flurrys today  I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 sick  Sally Munk went home & Mrs Stone came & stayed–.

6th Saturday A cold morning with the ground frozen  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ & had a fine rest but was about sick  Mrs Stone was here & stayed all night  Sally Munk at home.

7th Sunday  A verry fine warm day & evening  I did my choars went to office & got some medacine came home  choared round all day was at the office in the evening came home & went to bed about 9 nearly sick about 9  Mrs Stone was here all day & night except going home at noon a ____________.

8th Monday rather a fine day but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with a cold [in margin] Mrs Stone here.

9th Tuesday  rather fine cool for April  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick  Sister pretty bad off.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, June 8 – 14, 1865

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

9th Friday A cloudy morning & a heavy shower about 8 with several heavey showers during the day one between 5 & 6 ½ a great deal of rain fell a Big Woods & injured their crops verry much in places, I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ went to bed 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely Eli Root & family F Pollards brother in law from Vermont came tonight his wife was paralyzed on one sided, sent for Danne Camp meeting near St Charles.

10th Saturday 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 10 tiard lonely & nearly sick, Dr. Waterman Allen Wright & Fairbanks came home to stay over Sunday & go back next week to Chicago to be mustered out big meeting commenced at Lahmans.

11th Sunday A fine pleasant growing day I did my choars was at the home all day went to office towards night came back & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & about sick there was a great meeting at Lahmans Sister went both days Redfield had a camp meeting near St Charles many went.

12th Monday rather fine hot weather ground wet & crops grow 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.

13th Tuesday fine weather with showers things grow I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & sick & lonely.

14th Wednesday fine hot growing weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard sick, lonely, Kate Chandler had a son born today, Richard Chandlers wife.”

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.

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.”