3 May 1862: “…the People here appear to be quite southern in opinion but dare not exactly express their views on account of Northern troops.”

Item description: A written description of Alexandria, Virginia, dated 3 May 1862, from the diary of Newton Wallace, Company I, 27th Massachusetts Volunteers. Wallace discusses the physical appearance of the town, Virginia’s climate, the political views and work habits of the town’s populace, and how the Union Army’s occupation is affecting Alexandria.

Item citation: Diary commencing Oct. 14, 1861 – ending Sept. 20th, 1863 / Newton Wallace, VCC970.742 W19d, from the North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, UNC Chapel Hill.

More about this item: Eighty-nine page quarto diary, with entries for nearly every day from October 1861 to September 1863 and including entries for distances traveled totaling by Wallace’s figuring 2876 miles.

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