Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 29 – June 4, 1867

“29th Wednesday  rather cool cloudy damp weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & about worn out with sister, Ned Murry spoke at the Junction [in margin] Caroline was taken sick.

30th Thursday  A cold cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & worn out with Sister.

31st Friday  rather 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 10 sick with a cold & worn out with sister, the Wheaton people had a county seat meeting at the Meth church Col Sweet, Vallett & others spoke.

June 1st Saturday  A cloudy damp day with several showers  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worne out  H H Cody spoke at the Methodist Church this evening & had quite an audiance & spoke well.

2nd Sunday A cloudy windy day & a growing cold  I did my choars was at the office after breckfust came back choared round fixed calf paster etc, went down at 2 with Willa Carpenter to office was at home the most of the day went to bed at 9  Mrs Stone went over the river, George went to Willsons.

3rd Monday  A fine cool day  I did my chaors was at home till after 3, when I went to Garys Mill to an election to remoove the county seat to Wheaton, came back & went to bed about 10 nearly sick with a cold there was a 117 vote to remoove to Wheaton.

4th Tuesday  A fine warm day & evening  I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick with a cold.”

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, April 18 – 24, 1866

18th Wednesday  A fine warm pleasant day some cloudy towards night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ¼ tiard lonely & nearly sick, R Willson & Caroline & boy came about 9 ¾ with a load of goods, moved down here  Abe Ketchum & Emma Beardsly were married at Beardsly the Methodist minister at Naperville, Smith & went to the Junction.

19th Thursday  A rainey disagreeable day rained conciderable  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] cow calved today.

20th Friday  cleared off in morning & was quite a pleasant day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] windy.

21st Saturday  A fine windy day good putting in grain  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 9 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & nearly sick.

22nd Sunday  Some cloudy but rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the house all day except going up to Garys to get my colt & got back at about noon choared round the house the rest of the day planted some butanuts etc went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

23rd Monday  rather fine cool weather for April  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick etc.

24th Tuesday  rather fine weather but cold, I did my choars was at the office the most of the day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ about sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 31 – September 6, 1865

31st Thursday fine weather for haying but hot I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick [in margin] R here Rollen Wilson & Caroline went to Naperville.

September 1st Friday A fine day & evening but hot, I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

2nd Saturday A fine day & evening but hot I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick, Rolen Willson went to Naperville & carried Caroline Wray, in morning & got home about 11.

3rd Sunday A fine hot day with some cloudy, I did my choars was at home the most of the day & evening, went to office after breckfust & back, I choared round the house & went to bed about 9, tiard lonely & about sick Rol Willson & Caroline Wray went a riding, Said they were going to the Junction to a Camp Meeting, they started about 2, & got home about ½ past 9 in evening found no camp meeting but went to Turner & round by Wheaton home.

4th Monday rather fine weather for the season but verry hot I did my choars was at the office all day & in evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] State Fair in Chicago.

5th Tuesday rather a fine day but hot & some cloudy ground very wet I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

6th Wednesday cloudy damp weather & disagreeable for the State Fair I did my choars was at the office all day. Shut up & went to supper I came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 21, 1862

21st Sunday  A cool cloudy damp disagreeable day & night & with the ground covered with frozen rain & sleet.  I did my choars Sherman Willson came after his wife as we were a eating breckfust.  I choared round some was at home till after one when David started with Caroline & Hat then I went to Ed Browns with Frank & helped eat a can of oysters went to office & came back between 2 & 3 called at Hoyts & came home wrote & red some eat supper went to Hoyts in evening came about 8 & went to bed about sick & lonesome, Frank went to Junction & Winfield.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 13, 1862

13th Saturday  A cloudy damp forenoon more pleasant in middle of day.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 9 & went to bed at 10, Frank came from Junction about dark.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, December 11, 1862

11th Thursday  rather a fine day & evening some cloudy.  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 9 & went to bed about 10.  F Wellman went to Junction to stay in the R R office.”

Civil War Diaries, November 22, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Nov. 22  We ate our morning rations & waited for the relief pickets. ”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

22nd Saturday  A fine day with cool air, I did my choars went to the Junction to see Dr McConnel got back a few minutes after 12 eat dinner & helped Knox finish husking corn.  Knox husked all day, was at the office in evening came home a little after 9 & went to bed 10.”

Civil War Diaries, November 1, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

Nov. 1  This will be our seventh days journey.  The dried strawberries that my Mother put up for me were consumed yesterday the 31st of Oct.  We went alongside the R.R. for a couple of miles in which time two trains passed us with soldiers abroad.  We paused at noon near some small ponds of water, in one of which a span of horses came near drowning.  We stopped at three Oclock & turned in for the night.  I had a good wash in a stream nearby, wrote a letter Home in the evening, made a P.S. to it in the morning.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

November 1st Saturday  A fine day but looked some like storm mist in evening I did my choars was at office most of day & evening came home a little after 9 & went to bed.  Frank went to Junction to carry butter.”

Civil War Diaries, September 29, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Sept. 29  Ate an early breakfast.  Bade the family the long, final farewell.  Took the 7 oclock train for Chicago.

Draw a Haversack.  Went on dress parade at the evening.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

29th Monday  A cloudy damp morning had rained last night.  I did my choars was at the office all day & in came home between 8 & 9 & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.  Wray started back for Chicago about half past eight to go on the 10 oclock trane, Frank went in on the stage to Chicago & stayed all night.  James Graves, Jerry Pollard, Ed Brown, Russeque & T Westcott went Chicago [in margin] Wm Wray went back to Chicago to the regiment.”

Civil War Diaries, September 27, 1862

Ashley Carpenter Diary Entry:

“Sept. 27  Mother, Sarah Jane, & Cousin Denies spent the day with us.

Our Knapsacks came into Camp & were disbursed also our Haversacks.  Orders came for us to leave for Louisville next Tuesday.  I got a pass & leave of absence from the Capt. to spend the Sabbath at Home.

Left Chicago with Mother & Jane at five oclock.  Walked home from the Junction.  My presence somewhat surprised the folk at home.”

Hiram Leonard Diary Entry:

27th Saturday  rather a fine day & warm.  I did my choars was at the office all the forenoon & part of afternoon came home by Hoyts about 9 & went to bed about 10 nearly sick.  S. B. Austins wife was buried & Rev. McLaffety preached at 11 oclock the funeral sermon.  Frank went to Wheaton after Doct for Derry in evening Wray was at home today.”