23 December 1864: “went to bed early as usual only dreading the disclosures of the morrow.”

Item Description: Entry dated 23 December 1864 from the journal of Fanny Cohen Taylor, describing Northern occupation of Savannah, Georgia. 

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Item Citation: Folder 46, Volume 7, Phillips and Myers Family Papers, #00596Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Item Transcription:

Dec 23rd____ Mother is quite sick today suffering with one of her attacks of neurelgia brought on I suppose by worry and excitement. It is Sister’s birthday and the saddest I hope of her life for we are all dreadfully depressed not knowing what will happen from day to day  Capt Poe called this morning and I was obliged to receive him and never was so embarrassed in my life. My hatred for the Army in which he was an officer and my desire to be polite made me almost speechless- the contending feelings were more than I could control. He however, conducted himself like a gentleman and offered us all the assistance in his power, but evidently could do nothing for us he had Quarters at Mrs Cheves’ and we knew that our time must soon come and probably we should be compelled to have some brute in our house who would make our life more miserable than it already was. We spent this evening in Mother’s room and went to bed early as usual only dreading the disclosures of the morrow. 

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